A Westchester tale: Gianna Palminteri talks publicly about her COVID-19 battle

A Westchester tale: Gianna Palminteri talks publicly about her COVID-19 battle

News 12 Staff

Apr 8, 2020, 8:45 PM

Updated 1,509 days ago

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One of the Hudson Valley's most well-known celebrity couples is taking their battle with the coronavirus public.
Speaking to News 12 over video chat from inside her bedroom in Bedford, writer and producer Gianna Palminteri is talking publicly for the first time about her medical struggles coping with COVID-19.
"After 10 straight days of fever and no end in sight, I thought this is much stronger than I thought," she says.
Her doctors at Northern Westchester prescribed her a combination of anti-malaria pills and antibiotics. 
"I got out Sunday night and I'm very happy to be back. I'm lucky to be able to breathe again," she says.
Her husband - actor Chazz Palminteri - has taken the role as nurse. 
She said he had Clorox, he had masks and he was suited up.
She says the reason she is speaking out now is to warn other families in Westchester and beyond that the coronavirus can strike down anyone. 
Palminteri is 54 and had no pre-existing conditions, yet the virus left her critically ill and hospitalized. 
"Don't take this for granted, even if you are younger and in perfect health. This is a tricky virus. This COVID-19 is very strong," she says. 
Palminteri says she learned that people need to take better care of each other.  She says she vows she is going to help others, starting with the people at Northern Westchester Hospital who brought her light during the darkest medical scare of her life. 
She says she plans to do a benefit concert and show them the appreciation they deserve. 
 
 
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