Sunset sale newcomer Vanessa Villela has revealed she was diagnosed with a long covid after contracting the virus over the summer.
Vanessa received the news of her positive test after returning from vacation in Mexico just before filming began on season five of the hit Netflix series.
Due to her illness, the 43-year-old missed five weeks of filming as production had to continue without her.
Discussing her illness and how “difficult” it was, Vanessa said OKAY!: “It was very unfortunate because I lost five weeks of filming.”
“I’m much better now; Thank goodness I have a very extraordinary doctor, ”she added.
“I have something called long covid. I don’t have the virus anymore, but the side effects of the virus still affect my body.
“Some people have their lungs, some people have their stomachs, or people like me – I have inflammation in my brain. I’ve had a lot of hormonal imbalances and vitamin D deficiencies, which might sound easy enough, but it’s not that great either.
“(My doctor) was telling me that maybe that’s why I was in so much pain because I had vitamin D deficiency before.”
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Although she is still suffering from the side effects of the covid, Vanessa is able to work as usual, but these first five weeks for her have been “very difficult”.
Vanessa then credited the doctor provided by Selling Sunset with being the reason she didn’t have to go to the hospital when she fell ill.
“I’m incredibly grateful to him because he’s the reason we (Vanessa and her boyfriend) didn’t end up going to the hospital,” she said.
“I was starting to get an infection in my lungs and it was very close to becoming pneumonia, so that’s when you have to go to the hospital, but he took the antibiotics on time.”
While she missed the first few weeks of filming for the fifth season of Selling Sunset, Vanessa promised that there would be “more drama” for viewers to look forward to, and even teased that her boyfriend – which is not in the public eye – could make an appearance next season.
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