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Ellen DeGeneres reveals her ‘excruciating’ COVID-19 symptom

Ellen DeGeneres took to her Instagram to share a health update with her fans after announcing she had tested positive for coronavirus last week.

She posted a video from her home, saying she feels “100 per cent” despite the diagnosis.

“I feel really good,” the 62-year-old television host said.

“One thing that they don’t tell you is that you get, somehow, excruciating back pain,” she added.

“Didn’t know that was a symptom but I talked to some other people … Who knew? How come?”

Jessica Mauboy and Ellen DeGeneres recording of The Ellen DeGeneres show in Melbourne in 2013. Credit: Mal Fairclough/AP

Though the US Centres for Disease Control does not list back pain specifically as a COVID-19 symptom, “muscle or body aches” is one of the disease’s symptoms.

Other telltale signs of coronavirus are fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath, fatigue, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting and diarrhea.

DeGeneres, 62, confirmed she’d contracted the disease on December 10, writing: “Hi Everyone, I want to let you all know that I tested positive for Covid-19.

“Fortunately, I’m feeling fine right now. Anyone who has been in close contact with me has been notified, and I am following all proper CDC guidelines.

“I’ll see you all again after the holidays. Please stay healthy and safe.”

The longtime host returned for season 18 of her eponymous talk show in September amid months of controversy.

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