Ellen DeGeneres opens up about her COVID-19 experience during her first show of 2021

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In the first episode back in 2021, Ellen DeGeneres has opened up on her COVID-19 experience after a positive coronavirus diagnosis caused production of star's hit show to halt.

"Obviously there are a lot of negative things going on so instead I wanted to talk about something positive. My COVID test," she joked, before adding that she's now "all clear".

After her positive diagnosis, DeGeneres revealed that wife Portia de Rossi "made her sleep in a different room on a different bed" as she looked to self-isolate and recover at home.

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"This is my experience with COVID," DeGeneres revealed, before going on to detail her rough experience with the virus. "The first three days I slept for like 16 hours a day, and then on the fourth day I woke up with back spasms and I thought I had pulled a muscle or slept weird because I was on a different bed but it just persisted, so the doctor put me on pain pills and muscle relaxers.

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Ellen revealed that her COVID-19 experience was far from easy. (9Now)

"The pain killers did not help. My back got worse. It felt like I cracked a rib. They finally put me on a steroid pack because the other stuff was not working and the steroid pack worked, but here's the thing about steroids. They make you really speedy and really edgy. So the best thing to do I decided was to stay on the muscle relaxers and pain pills with the steroid pack to balance it out.

"I don't know if that's the best way I'm not a doctor but that's what I did. I'm still on them. I don't know if that's a good or bad thing."

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The 62-year-old received daily calls from her brother, in which she revealed to him that while fine, she had bad back pain.

"And he said, 'A friend of mine had COVID and he had bad back pain'. Then I talked to several others who said oh they had back pain. So apparently now back pain is a symptom of COVID which I did not know.

"It's the only symptom I had. I didn't have a headache. I didn't have a fever. I didn't lose my sense of taste, although I did wear Crocs with socks for a day," she joked.

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Ellen spoke to a virtual studio audience during her return. (9Now)

DeGeneres revealed she's "very fortunate" and "very blessed" to have overcome the virus, but noted that it was "weird" that she had no idea where she contracted it.

"I still don't know where I got it. I wear a mask. I wash my hands. I only lick three or four door handles," she jokingly added. "So it's a mystery to me how that would happen."

DeGeneres also told viewers of the moment she was told she was positive at work, and the accompanying chaos that resulted.

"This is what happened. I was getting ready to tape the show that you [her now virtual studio audience] were going to be here for. And I was in hair and makeup and my assistant walks in and says, 'You tested positive for COVID.' And then everyone around me ran away. It's funny, people just really get scared and they ran. Some have not come back since," she explained.

"So I left the studio immediately and our COVID-safety team informed everyone that I had been in contact with. They told Andy Lassner [the executive producer of Ellen] and when he heard he literally ran at full speed off the lot. Which is amazing& I didn't realise that you could run, Andy."

DeGeneres finished with a message to her viewers who are doing to tough during the pandemic.

"I know a lot of people out there are struggling with this illness right now. My heart goes out to all of them. As always I hope this show will give you some joy. Brighten your day."

The full story comes after DeGeneres had previously updated fans that she was "feeling 100 per cent" a week after her diagnosis.

"Hi everybody, just saying thank you to all the well wishes out there, I appreciate it very much. I'm feeling 100 per cent, I feel really good," she said in a video shared on her Twitter, adding that she was in "excruciating back pain".

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