Breaking Bad star Brian Cranston discovered on Thursday that he had recovered from the coronavirus and shared a video of him donating plasma to a blood bank in Los Angeles.
Mr. Cranston, 64, a five-time Emmy winner and two-time Tony Award winner, discussed the diagnosis in an Instagram post. He said he was lucky and that his symptoms were very mild.
The actor, who is best known for his role in the famous AMC series “Breaking Bad” as Walter White, a high school chemistry teacher who managed to make and sell crystalline meth to pay for cancer treatment, said he was vigilant but still got hit. virus.
“I was pretty strict with the protocols and yet … I got the virus,” Mr. Cranston wrote. “Yes. Now it seems awful when more than 150,000 Americans have died because of it.”
In the video, Mr. Cranston appeared in a surgical mask at the UCLA Blood and Platelet Center, where he showed a phlebotomy that takes blood from his right hand and collects plasma, a light yellow liquid portion of blood used in the procedure. known as convalescent blood plasma for the treatment of some patients with the virus.
The actor called the plasma “liquid gold” and said it could be rich in antibodies produced in response to the virus, and could benefit others in their recovery from Covid-19, a disease caused by the coronavirus.
Mr. Cranston watched the black-and-white film “Faces in the Crowd,” starring Andy Griffith and Patricia Neal as his blood was drawn. He joked with the phlebotomist about whether he had a good purpose.
Last year, Mr. Cranston won Tony for Best Leading Actor in a play for his role on The Web, in which he portrayed a news channel.
In his Instagram post, the actor said that he understands the anxiety and frustration of people who have to practice social distancing. But Mr. Cranston, who was also nominated for an Oscar for “Trumpet,” warned his fans not to become complacent.
“I count my blessings and urge you to continue wearing the cursed mask, to continue washing your hands and to remain socially distant,” he wrote. “We can prevail – but ONLY if we follow the rules together.”