Pregnant Shawn Johnson tests positive for COVID-19: ‘My body is just exhausted’
Olympic gold medal gymnast Shawn Johnson, who has is pregnant with her second child with husband Andrew East, revealed Sunday that she has tested positive for COVID-19.
The gold medal winner in the 2008 Olympic games revealed her coronavirus test results in a statement posted on her Instagram Stories.
“They came back positive for COVID,” Johnson wrote. “Not going to lie… I’m nervous knowing I’m positive.”
The “Dancing With the Stars” standout revealed earlier this month that she is pregnant with the couple’s second child. Johnson said Sunday that “my body is just exhausted” after already spending the last two weeks caring for the couple’s 15-month-old daughter Drew Hazel, who had contracted RSV (respiratory syncytial virus).
“I don’t want to get my family sick,” wrote Johnson, who added that she has had a pre-existing condition of asthma her entire life. “So this scares me a little extra.”
Further, Johnson had a close family member “fight for his life last month while battling COVID, so it’s a serious topic of concern/hits home in our household.”
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As of Sunday, Johnson said she had “a cough, terrible sore throat and headache” as well as fatigue. She suspects that her pregnancy adds to the fatigue.
Johnson said that she was making the news public as a service.
“Not looking for any pity party, just a reminder to take care of yourself,” the Nashville-based Johnson wrote, urging readers to drink water and wash their hands. She also felt increased empathy for others undergoing health struggles.
“Oh, and I just need to say, praying so hard for all of those babies out there (sappy mama here) and everyone fighting for their health,” she wrote.