‘I’m still very careful’: Denise Van Outen admits she told the NHS Helpline she had Covid-19 symptoms and they didn’t know what it was
The TV personality, 46, lost her sense of taste during the early stages of the pandemic and called a helpline to see if they could advise about the virus.
Speaking to new! magazine, Denise explained that she was then told by the person on the phone that they didn’t know what Covid was and she later had a positive antibodies test.
Denise Van Outen has revealed she was told by the NHS Helpline they didn’t know what Covid-19 was when she called them about her symptoms
She said: ‘I called the NHS helpline to tell them I thought it was a symptom of Covid and they said they’d never heard of it.’
On testing positive for antibodies, Denise added: ‘The problem is I don’t know how long the antibodies last, so I’m still very careful. But it is a little bit more reassuring when you know you’ve had it and your body has managed to fight it.’
Denise said she had other symptoms at the time including exhaustion and physical pains along with a sore throat.
She said: ‘I didn’t know at the time that I had corona symptoms. I was totally exhausted, even getting off the sofa felt like someone was drilling into my hip bones and my knees.’
The TV personality, 46, lost her sense of taste during the early stages of the pandemic and called a helpline to ask about her symptoms
However, as she made a full recovery, Denise feels fairly confident that she would be OK if she were to catch it again.
The TV star is currently in rehearsals for the next series of Dancing On Ice, where she is partnered with professional skater Matt Evers.
Britain’s second lockdown has made training for the show ‘tricky’ as most ice rinks are closed so Denise and Matt have been using ITV’s studio rink.
However there are restrictions in place around its use so they can only have it for a few hours a day.
Pals: Denise is partnered with pro skater Matt Evers (far left) on the upcoming series and will be competing against the likes of Billie Faiers (pictured)
Matt moved in with Denise, her daughter Betsy and her partner Eddie Boxshall at the start of lockdown so they could be in the same isolation bubble together.
Although she had classical dance training as a child, Denise has found skating more difficult than she had anticipated.
The star thought she would pick things up quickly but admitted she struggled to master even some of the more basic moves.
Denise recently cited her daughter Betsy as the reason she wouldn’t be taking too many risks on the ice.
The star shares her daughter Betsy with her ex-husband Lee Mead, who she was married to from 2009 to 2013.
Family: Speaking to The Sunday Mirror’s Notebook Magazine, Denise cited her daughter Betsy, eight, as the reason she wouldn’t be taking too many risks on the ice