During a FaceTime interview with Apple Music’s Zane Lowe, Smith opened up about diagnosing themselves with COVID-19.
“I didn’t get tested but I know I had it. I 100 per cent had it. Everything I’ve read completely pointed to that. So yeah, I think I definitely had it,” Smith told Lowe.
“As soon as I had it, my sister, like, five days after me, started getting the same symptoms, who’s living with me. We just isolated for three weeks because we knew.”
“As everyone was kind of really on lockdown, that’s when I got over it, luckily.”
Self-isolating made Smith want to create and sing music.
“The first two weeks, I just wanted to sing. I don’t want to sing my songs, I don’t want to sing and film it. I just want to walk around the house and sing.”
Smith said they started sitting in their living room singing along to “old backing tracks” like “Corinne Bailey Rae tunes” but then they “lost that a week later. I didn’t want to sing.”
Over the weekend, Smith and John Legend remotely performed a duet of Ben E. King’s Stand By Me for the international advocacy organization Global Citizen’s One World: Together at Home special to raise money for COVID-19 relief.
On Sunday, Global Citizen, together with Lady Gaga, announced $127.9 million in commitments to date in support of health-care workers in the fight against the pandemic.
Corporate partners and philanthropists announced their support for the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund for the World Health Organization, powered by the UN Foundation, during the One World: Together at Home global broadcast event.
Donations to the fund will support the WHO’s work around the world, the vaccine development alliance Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI) and UNICEF.
Questions about COVID-19? Here are some things you need to know:
Health officials caution against all international travel. Returning travellers are legally obligated to self-isolate for 14 days, beginning March 26, in case they develop symptoms and to prevent spreading the virus to others. Some provinces and territories have also implemented additional recommendations or enforcement measures to ensure those returning to the area self-isolate.
Symptoms can include fever, cough and difficulty breathing — very similar to a cold or flu. Some people can develop a more severe illness. People most at risk of this include older adults and people with severe chronic medical conditions like heart, lung or kidney disease. If you develop symptoms, contact public health authorities.
To prevent the virus from spreading, experts recommend frequent handwashing and coughing into your sleeve. They also recommend minimizing contact with others, staying home as much as possible and maintaining a distance of two metres from other people if you go out.
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