Balthazar Getty tested positive for coronavirus during the first week of March, he revealed on Friday, but luckily no one in his family fell ill.
The 45-year-old actor told People that he came down with COVID-19 after returning from a visit to Milan, Italy where he attended a fashion event in late February.
‘I didn’t need to be hospitalized,’ said the Brothers & Sisters actor. ‘I was incredibly lucky in terms of that, but I did suffer quite a bit.’
Not an easy year: Balthazar Getty tested positive for coronavirus during the first week of March, he revealed on Friday. Seen with his wife Rosetta in January in LA
Before he got sick: The DJ was seen in Milan in late February before he tested positive for COVID-19 in early March
He added that he felt he ‘was a bit luckier in terms of my symptoms’ which included cold sweats, body aches and a fever that reached 101.5 degrees but not a bad cough.
Getty added: ‘I didn’t have a terrible time.’
‘I got well pretty quickly, but definitely felt lethargic for some time and low energy. And I did have some kind of ringing in my ears and then some of those things that you hear,’ he shared. ‘But, in general, I’m in good health.’
But there was fear: ‘My wife and my kids were really frightened,’ said the DJ. He has wife Rosetta and their children Cassius, 20, Grace, 18, Violet, 17, and June, 13.
‘Since I didn’t have those extreme conditions, I was feeling a little bit more optimistic, but still really frightened. And there was so much, and there’s still so much unknown,’ said Getty.
His crew: There was fear: ‘My wife and my kids were really frightened,’ said the DJ. He has wife Rosetta and their children Cassius, 20, Grace, 18, Violet, 17, and June, 13
He was on bed rest for less than a week. The star was tested every several days until he finally tested negative, he shared, and he continues to test positive for antibodies today.
Getty – who released his LP Balt VS Beats in September – also had to spent two weeks in quarantine from his family.
It took a toll on his spirit.
Without his wife: Getty – who released his LP Balt VS Beats in September – also had to spent two weeks in quarantine from his family. It took a toll on his spirit. Seen in 2017
‘I found myself getting pretty depressed,’ he admitted. ‘I mean, when you’re alone, just in a bedroom for two weeks and not feeling well, it’s easy to get in your head, so I definitely had to try to do things, whether it was reading or drawing or even working on some music on my laptop. It was to just try to get out of my head.’
Self quarantine was not that hard for Balthazar as he has a big house with a guest room. But not everyone is as fortunate.
‘I think that’s one of the big problems and a reality,’ he shared.
‘Many families just don’t have that space. And people are sharing rooms and sharing smaller spaces, which makes it much more dangerous. It’s still where people are contracting COVID the most, is in their homes.’
His hit show: The star, second from right, with Sally Field, Rachel Griffiths, Matthew Rhys, Emily VanCamp, and Dave Annable in Brothers & Sisters (2006)
Now he is urging people to wear a mask.
‘It’s asking for so little. I wish it wasn’t politicized,’ he stated. ‘If the worst thing that you have to do to try to help this thing is to wear a mask when you go out, I don’t think that’s too much to ask.
‘It’s not about you. It’s about other people,’ he added. ‘And I think it’s a way to show solidarity and togetherness. I hate it at times, too. And there are times I get frustrated with it. I understand that, but it’s the right thing.’