WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Fitness guru Jillian Michaels is now warning against going to gyms without face masks after she contracted the coronavirus.
- She said that she was infected after she “let her guard down” for an hour-long meet-up with a close friend, who turned out to be asymptomatic.
- Michaels urged people to work out at home instead of taking the risk at gyms or public places.
Fitness guru Jillian Michaels is now warning against going to gyms and other public areas without face masks after she contracted the coronavirus during a meet-up with a close friend.
During an interview with Fox Business on September 8, the celebrity personal trainer revealed that she tested positive for COVID-19 a few weeks ago.
She said that it was after she met up with a friend who usually did her hair and makeup. It turned out that her friend had an asymptomatic case of COVID-19.
Michaels said that she herself did not feel any symptoms for nearly a week. She has since fully recovered.
She remarked, “I’m fortunate to have gone into it being healthy and I was able to get on the other side of it pretty quick, but not everybody is that lucky, as we know.”
Michaels’ experience has prompted her to advise others about the risks of going to public spaces.
“If you are afraid of COVID, you should not go to the gym,” she advised. “I would love to tell you that’s not the case but the reality is I literally let my guard down for an hour.”
She advised everyone of the risks of not wearing masks while in close proximity with other people.
“If you’re not in a mask and that person is not in a mask and they have COVID and have no idea … anticipate you will likely get it in an environment like that. I’m not a doctor, I’m just telling you a personal story,” Michaels continued.
Safer options include exercising outdoors, wearing a mask, social distancing, and practicing proper hand hygiene. Still, the safest bet would be to just work out at home.
Michaels said, “You don’t need these pieces of equipment to work out at home. You have your own body weight and can use it in a million different ways literally to get a superior workout.”
Michaels, who was a trainer on the weight-loss reality show “The Biggest Loser,” informed Fox Business that she has a new fitness app, which shows 7-minute daily home workouts.