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Newstalk presenter Ciara Kelly reveals Covid-19 diagnosis on air

The presenter said she was told she has the virus on Sunday.

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Ciara Kelly said she feared she had the virus, and a test proved her to be correct (PA)

Ciara Kelly said she feared she had the virus, and a test proved her to be correct (PA)

Ciara Kelly said she feared she had the virus, and a test proved her to be correct (PA)

Newstalk FM presenter Ciara Kelly has told listeners during a live broadcast that she has been diagnosed with Covid-19.

Ms Kelly, who is also a GP, told listeners she was tested on Sunday but she had not been in contact with a confirmed case.

She has been broadcasting her radio show from the hot-press in her home for the past few days.

She said: “I haven’t seen anyone outside my family since I got the symptoms.”

She said she wanted to tell listeners about her diagnosis “to combat the stigma” surrounding Covid-19.

She added: “I didn’t want to say over the weekend that I was waiting on a test result as I wanted to make sure I had it before causing a big drama.”

She said she had been taking precautions in the past few weeks and has been a vocal advocate for social distancing and hand-washing to combat the virus.

“I had been washing my hands like billy-o and doing everything you are supposed to do,” she said.

Ms Kelly said she has been in self-isolation since the weekend.

“For me, it felt like a bad flu,” she said. “I had a sore throat; I had a tightness and a burning in my chest and I was a bit short of breath. I was very tired and bit dizzy and a bit wobbly when I stood up and I guessed I had it.

“I got a test on Sunday. A lovely paramedic came, in full gear, to my house and swabbed my throat and my nose and last night I was informed that I have Covid-19.”

She thanked listeners for their support, saying: “It gladdens my heart and it means a lot to hear your messages.”

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