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Jennifer Aniston Shocks Coronavirus Positive Nurse With $10,000 Gift Card

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By Joe Allen

Jennifer Aniston is trying to spread good will were she can. The star made a surprise appearance on "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" on Thursday night, and used that appearance to brighten the day of a nurse working on the front lines of the fight against the coronavirus who had also tested positive for the illness.

Kimmel welcomed Kimball Fairbanks, a cardiovascular nurse living in Utah, on his show Thursday night. During her appearance, she discussed the difficulty she's faced fighting the virus.

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Fairbanks said that she began to feel sick a few days after working her shift at the hospital last week. "I kind of felt like I got hit by a train," Fairbanks said. "But I think I just have really mild symptoms. I feel like I have a head cold combined with the flu. It feels decently manageable so that's good."

After they talked, Kimmel said that in order to cheer Fairbanks up, he also had a surprise in store for her.

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That's when Aniston appeared on the call. "Hi, honey, it's so good to meet you," Aniston said. "I just have to say, God bless you and all of you that are out there doing what you're doing. I just, I don't even know how to express my gratitude to everything that you guys are doing, putting your health at risk and all of that. You're just phenomenal."

Fairbanks was clearly surprised, but said that she was honored to meet Aniston, even over Skype.

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Aniston then took some time to ask Fairbanks how she was feeling. "I woke up today and decided I'm not going to be sick any longer," Fairbanks replied. She said that, because she had tested positive, she'd been furloughed from the hospital and had to quarantine from her family for two weeks.

Fairbanks also said that she was mainly relying on delivery for her food. "Oh, that's good because you know what? You're going to be getting $10,000 gift certificate from Postmates," Aniston replied.

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Each of the nurses on Fairbanks's floor will also be receiving the gift cards as well, Kimmel said.

Aniston also said that she hadn't left her home for three weeks in order to follow social distancing guidelines. "The most challenging thing is watching news and trying to digest all that's going on out there," Aniston explained. "I allow a check-in in the morning, and then I'll do a check-in in the evening, and that is it because basically it's regurgitating the exact same thing."

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