Counting On star Joy Anna Duggar has revealed that she and her husband Austin Forsyth have already fallen ill with COVID-19, having tested positive back when she was still pregnant with their daughter.
The 23-year-old made the revelation on Instagram this weekend in answer to a fan question about whether she and her family have had the coronavirus.
‘Yes, Austin and I both tested positive for Covid last year,’ she wrote. ‘I was still pregnant with Evelyn. We both had body aches, slight fever, and lost our taste and smell. Thankfully we recovered quickly!’
Joy Anna appears to have been lucky with a quick recovery and seemingly no impact on the health of her baby.
According to the Mayo Clinic, pregnancy increases the risk of severe illness with COVID-19, with expectant moms more likely to develop respiratory complications and end up in the ICU. They are also more likely to be placed on a ventilator.
Joy Anna also didn’t specify when, exactly, she contracted the virus, though social media provides some potential clues.
Over Fourth of July weekend, Joy Anna, Austin, and their son Gideon got a visit from Joy Anna’s best friend Carlin Bates, of Bringing Up Bates fame, from Tennessee.
Thirty-three weeks pregnant at the time, Joy Anna stayed with the others in a cabin at Austin’s parents’ camp in Arkansas.
Not long after, Joy Anna had a baby shower attended by at least 20 other people, indoors, with not a mask in sight.