Millie Mackintosh ’embarrassed’ as she secretly battled Covid-19 and feared she’d be hospitalised

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Millie Mackintosh has revealed she felt "embarrassed" after secretly battling the coronavirus.

The 31 year old, who recently showcased her incredible post-baby body as she posed in nothing but black lingerie, took to her Instagram feed to share a photo of herself wearing a furry jacket with a leopard print face mask on as she opened up on her experience.

In the caption, she told her 1.4million followers how she and her husband Hugo Taylor, 34, developed the common symptoms associated with Covid-19 as she said: "A few months ago I had Covid – I had a cold which developed into flu like symptoms, and soon after that I lost my sense of smell, which resulted in Hugo and I both testing positive." [sic]

The former Made In Chelsea star went on to speak about how self-conscious she felt for having contracted the deadly bug as there's a "stigma" around it before admitting it had an impact on her mental health.

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"I felt upset with myself and embarrassed about contracting the virus, which is silly considering quite how contagious it is, but there’s a stigma and guilt around this illness that isn’t spoken of much," she continued.

"I missed not being able to go for a walk while we isolated at home but it wasn’t bad as I thought it would be, but I’d be lying if I said the experience didn’t affect my mental health."

Millie, who recently opened up on suffering from baby blues after welcoming her daughter Sienna, explained she felt so awful that she was afraid she'd have to be admitted to hospital.

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She continued: "When I started to develop a fever, coughing fits and shortness of breath I got really anxious I’d end up in hospital.

"I wanted to be fit and well to be able to take proper care of Sienna! (Luckily she only had cold like symptoms and Hugo didn’t feel too bad and did a great job of daddy daycare) [sic]

"After a few days I felt much better but it took 2-3 weeks for my energy to go back to normal and my sense of smell has still not returned."

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The reality star continued: "You realise what a joy it is to smell your coffee in the morning or dinner cooking in the evening and how much I took it for granted before! Has anyone else experienced this? Hoping it comes back soon!

"I feel very lucky our experience with Covid wasn’t worse and I just want to urge people to follow the guidelines, our bodies aren’t immune to this virus."

The star then pleaded with her fans to stick to Government guidelines as she added: "Stay home, stay safe, look out for each other and know that the end is in sight! #stayhomesavelives #protectthenhs," followed by a rainbow emoji.

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Millie later took to her Instagram stories to thank her followers for their support as she said: "Hi guys, I just wanted to say a big thank you for all your lovely messages and comments after my post this morning about my Covid experience. Definitely makes me feel less alone to feel like that while I had it.

"It obviously affects lots of people's mental health and I think it is something we should all talk about. And it's so interesting about that sense of smell thing, it seems like it's affected lots of people. I'm going to do lots of research into it.

"Apparently lots of people are saying you have to kind of retrain yourself to be able to smell again, which is crazy. Really miss that gorgeous baby smell but I can't smell her dirty nappies, so I guess that's a silver lining."

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