Gwyneth Paltrow reveals she battled Covid-19 'early on' in pandemic

The actress says she was left with 'long-tail fatigue and brain fog'

epa07921493 US actress Gwyneth Paltrow poses on the red carpet during the 26th Annual ELLE Women in Hollywood Celebration, Beverly Hills, California, USA, 14 October 2019.  EPA-EFE/ETIENNE LAURENT

Gwyneth Paltrow has revealed she was left with lingering symptoms after contracting Covid-19 in 2020.

The American actress confirmed she battled the coronavirus "early on" during the pandemic, in a new post for her lifestyle website goop.

"It left me with some long-tail fatigue and brain fog," wrote Paltrow, 48. She didn't confirm exactly when she was diagnosed with Covid-19, but added: "In January, I had some tests done that showed really high levels of inflammation in my body."

People who go on to suffer lasting effects of the virus are said to be suffering from “long Covid”, defined as coronavirus symptoms persisting for 12 weeks or more after infection.

The Iron Man actress shared the health plan she has followed since, including adopting a keto and plant-based diet, cutting out sugar, working out in the mornings, and "doing an infrared sauna as often as I can".

"I've been cooking a lot, and some of it is really delicious: I made scallops with crispy capers and sage the other day, asparagus with bacon vinaigrette, and some little artichokes with stuffed herbs and garlic," she said.

While Paltrow had not revealed she had contracted Covid-19 at the time, the actress was among a cluster of Hollywood stars to adopt face masks and encourage safety early in 2020.

"En route to Paris. Paranoid? Prudent? Panicked? Placid? Pandemic? Propaganda? Paltrow's just going to go ahead and sleep with this thing on the plane. I've already been in this movie. Stay safe. Don't shake hands. Wash hands frequently," the Contagion star captioned a photograph in February 2020, as she wore a face mask on a plane.

Other notable names to open up about their brush with Covid-19 include Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson, singer Pink, actor Idris Elba and Antonio Banderas.