Kaitlyn Bristowe & Jason Tartick Detail 'Unpredictable' COVID-19 Experience: 'I Think the Worst Is Behind Us'
After revealing on Christmas Eve that she and boyfriend Jason Tartick tested positive for COVID-19, Kaitlyn Bristowe is updating Bachelor Nation about the current status of their health.
“So, I’ve officially lost my taste and smell,” she said in an Instagram Story video posted on Sunday. “I don’t know why I think I know how COVID works, because I don’t. But, when I first got it, I was like, ‘OK, no real symptoms.’ And then a few days went by and I was like, ‘Oh, OK, I just feel like I have a cold.’ And then another day goes by and I’ve lost my smell and my taste.”
The Season 11 Bachelorette went on to describe her and Jason’s experience contracting the virus as “so unpredictable.” She elaborated, “I think that’s the scariest part about COVID — all of the unknown and the unpredictable-ness of it.”
In other videos uploaded, Kaitlyn said that throughout her recovery, she looked forward to having “peppermint tea” and “peanut butter chocolate squares” for breakfast each morning up until recently. “And now I can’t even taste that,” she lamented.
Although she’s been feeling “very tired” as she fights the novel coronavirus, Kaitlyn assured fans that she “is OK.”
For his part, Jason said that he believes he and Kaitlyn have made it past the apex of symptoms — and revealed how their adorable pair of golden retrievers have helped them feel better.
“It’s incredible how dogs know when their owners are off,” the “Bachelorette” alum wrote alongside a photo of himself and Kaitlyn snuggled up in bed with their canine companions. “Big thank you to our caretakers Ramen & Pinot. I think the worst is behind us!”
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“Unfortunately, this is our Christmas card this year,” Kaitlyn captioned a photo of the couple sitting in front of their Christmas tree. “We have COVID. Jason and I had been trying to quarantine before seeing family. We thought we were making a responsible decision to have ONE person over, who had been tested daily for work. Negative tests 4 days in a row. The day we saw her, she became positive which we all found out the next day. Now, like many, we will spend Christmas by ourselves.”
The “Dancing with the Stars” champ added, “We just want to let everyone know that we thought we were being safe, but COVID is bigger than us. Today, we are thinking of everyone who is spending the holidays alone, anyone who is sick or overcoming something, (as 2020 has taught us to overcome a lot), and all of the healthcare workers who have been away from family, taking care of others for months, and months now. We will be ok!! Be safe and happy holidays!!”