Caroline Polachek joined Charli XCX for Season 5 on her Apple Music show The Candy Shop, and the singer-songwriter revealed that she likely had COVID-19 early on before testing was available.
“Well, I got it about a month ago, and at that point there weren’t… In most places there still aren’t tests available, but without a doubt it was coronavirus and not the flu. It was all the same symptoms,” Polachek explained. “And actually I had a couple of symptoms that at the time weren’t being so reported on, like loss of sense of smell and weird stomach issues as well. That’s one of the things that made it so different than the flu was these weird stomach cramps. And at the time those were curveballs, so I was like, I’m not sure if I have this or not.”
She went on to note that “people feel like there’s any kind of stigma around being sick with it, or just being sick in general.”
“But I felt like it was really important to talk about it. Just emphasizing that this is something to take very seriously,” she concluded. “This is something that people you know have, it is going to start affecting people’s real lives. By now we’ve adjusted to that idea, but a month ago it felt really like, whoa. What?”
Listen to the full episode, where Charli also discussed her upcoming album how i’m feeling now, here at 2 p.m. EST.