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Sara Bareilles Announces That She Had Coronavirus, But Is Now 'Fully Recovered'

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By Joe Allen

Sara Bareilles announced on Thursday that she was the latest celebrity to do battle with the coronavirus. In her announcement, which she published on her Instagram story, the singer said that she had been diagnosed with the illness, and that she had already fully recovered.

Thankfully, it seems Bareilles didn't deal with a serious case of the virus. In her video, she said that she had been quiet in part because she was trying to take in all of the news happening around her.

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“Just wanted to check in," Bareilles said as she went for a walk outside. "I’m really quiet right now and will probably continue to be quiet. Just sort of taking all of this in and having a lot of feelings as I do."

From there, Bareilles announced that she had the virus. “I had it, just so you know," she said "I’m fully recovered, just so you know." She didn't offer any additional details about her recovery, or how severe her case had been.

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Instead, she offered words of support to those who were watching the video, saying that she was "thinking about all of the people who are walking through this really tricky time and sending a lot of love."

She also said that the virus had made her even more grateful for the life that she got to lead. Bareilles said that she was working on "being really grateful for every easy breath and every day that I get to be walking around."

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Bareilles is one of many celebrities who have now tested positive for the virus. In addition to the "Brave" singer, Idris Elba, Tom Hanks, Rita Wilson, and Kristopher Hivju have all tested positive for the disease.

Hanks and Wilson were among the first celebrities to test positive, but they have now recovered from the illness and returned to their home in Los Angeles. Elba was largely asymptomatic, and it seems like Bareilles has largely recovered from the virus as well.

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Bareilles's announcement comes just a day after fellow musician Adam Schlesinger lost his life to the virus. The versatile musician was best known as a member of Fountains of Wayne, and for writing songs for movies and TV shows including "That Thing You Do!" and "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend."

Schlesinger succumbed to the virus in a hospital in upstate New York, where he had been for more than a week. Following his death, a number of celebrities took to social media to offer their memories of the songwriter.

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