George Stephanopoulos is donating his plasma after being cleared of COVID-19 following ‘weeks without symptoms’

George Stephanopoulos has some good news to share regarding his coronavirus diagnosis.

The "Good Morning America" anchor revealed he's been cleared of COVID-19 and will be donating plasma to help in the fight against the disease.

"Good news for me and my family. Last week I tested positive for Covid antibodies, confirming I cleared the virus after weeks without symptoms," Stephanopoulos tweeted Tuesday. "I’ve also signed up for a clinical trial to donate my blood plasma and expect to make the donation in the coming weeks."

A global program to test whether blood plasma from recovered coronavirus patients can be used as a treatment got underway in the United States last month but it needs blood donations to succeed. The National COVID-19 Convalescent Plasma Project is investigating early reports that plasma can help others fight off severe forms of COVID-19.

Stephanopoulos revealed on April 13 during "GMA' that he tested positive for COVID-19, two weeks after his wife Ali Wentworth said she had been diagnosed with the novel coronavirus.

While Wentworth, 55, described her experience as "never been sicker," Stephanopoulos, 59, says he hasn't had "any of the classic symptoms you've been reading about."

"I've never had a fever, never had a cough, never had shortness of breath, never had chills," he told co-anchors Robin Roberts and Michael Strahan, noting that he feels "great."

Roberts shared that she had been worried about Stephanopoulos because he didn't seem like himself. He joked that it was probably due to him broadcasting from home, rather than the illness.

As for actual symptoms, Stephanopoulos noted some lower back pain and one day where he had a diminished sense of smell but "that has really been it," he shared.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control notes that the most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, cough and shortness of breath and that symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure. But the CDC also notes that illnesses range from mild to severe.

In early April, the CDC updated its recommendations and advised that people wear cloth face coverings in public settings to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. The guidance was updated after studies found that a "significant portion of individuals with coronavirus lack symptoms ('asymptomatic') and that even those who eventually develop symptoms ('pre-symptomatic') can transmit the virus to others before showing symptoms."

Wentworth is now feeling "much, much better," Roberts said. Stephanopoulos has been caring for his wife and broadcasting from home after Wentworth developed symptoms in early April.

In updating "GMA" on his wife's health, he said Wentworth had all the classic symptoms and that they were quarantining at home.

"We are basically acting to the outside world as if we have it. … We are staying inside the house," he said. "I am the only one who goes in and out. Somebody does have to take care of her. That’s me.”

The couple share two daughters: Elliott, 17, and Harper, 14.

Stephanopoulos isn't the only broadcaster to open up about a COVID-19 diagnosis. CNN news anchor Chris Cuomo shared he tested positive for coronavirus in early April. Cuomo is the brother of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, where the outbreak has hit the state hard.

Cuomo has been giving viewers an inside look into his battle with the illness, even sharing a chest X-ray he had done after feeling the virus in his chest.

"I have to tell you it is scary to have your lungs go up there and see that stuff and be like 'What is that? What is that like smoke in there?' And they tell you yeah, that's the virus," Cuomo said.

He has detailed some "freaky" symptoms, including one night of hallucinations. He has also experienced fever, profuse sweating, headaches and pains in his face.

Contributing: Cydney Henderson, Rasha Ali, Elizabeth Weise and Mark Johnson

Source: https://www.usatoday.com/story/entertainment/celebrities/2020/04/13/coronavirus-gma-anchor-george-stephanopoulos-tests-positive/2981315001/

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