Millie Mackintosh: Getting Covid-19 affected my mental health

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Millie Mackintosh has said catching Covid-19 affected her mental health.

The former Made In Chelsea star urged people to follow the guidelines and said her sense of smell has still not returned.

The 31-year-old told fans on Instagram: "A few months ago I had Covid ... I'd be lying if I said the experience didn't affect my mental health.

"When I started to develop a fever, coughing fits and shortness of breath I got really anxious I'd end up in hospital.

"After a few days I felt much better but it took two to three weeks for my energy to go back to normal and my sense of smell has still not returned.

"You realise what a joy it is to smell your coffee in the morning or dinner cooking in the evening and how much I took it for granted before...

"I feel very lucky our experience with Covid wasn't worse and I just want to urge people to follow the guidelines, our bodies aren't immune to this virus."

Her husband, fellow former MIC star Hugo Taylor, also tested positive but "didn't feel too bad and did a great job of daddy daycare" with their daughter Sienna, who was born last year.

Mackinstosh added: "I felt upset with myself and embarrassed about contracting the virus, which is silly considering quite how contagious it is, but there's a stigma and guilt around this illness that isn't spoken of much."

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LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 24: Millie Mackintosh (wearing Millie Mackintosh dress and Aquazzura shoes) collaborates With John Frieda to launch an Exclusive Range on August 24, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images for Superdrug)
Professor Green and Millie Mackintosh arrive at the FHM 100 Sexiest Women In The World 2012 launch party at Proud Bank in London. (Photo by Ian West/PA Images via Getty Images)
Professor Green, aka Stephen Manderson, with his girlfriend Millie Mackintosh backstage at Teenage Cancer Trust at the Royal Albert Hall, London. (Photo by PA Images via Getty Images)
Millie Mackintosh Attends The Launch Of The Npower 'Big Dribble', Trafalgar Square, London. (Photo by John Phillips/UK Press via Getty Images)
Professor Green and Millie Mackintosh arriving for the 2012 Arqiva British Academy Television Awards at the Royal Festival Hall, London (Photo by Ian West/PA Images via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 14: To celebrate Vodafone's sponsorship of London Fashion Week and London Fashion Weekend, Millie Mackintosh samples the new Vodafone Red nail polish, developed in partnership with Nails inc. at Somerset House on February 14, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images for Vodafone)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 14: To celebrate Vodafone's sponsorship of London Fashion Week and London Fashion Weekend, Millie Mackintosh samples the new Vodafone Red nail polish, developed in partnership with Nails inc. at Somerset House on February 14, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images for Vodafone)
GLASTONBURY, ENGLAND - JUNE 28: Millie Mackintosh (2L) and friends attend day 2 of the 2013 Glastonbury Festival at Worthy Farm on June 28, 2013 in Glastonbury, England. (Photo by Danny Martindale/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 12: Millie Mackintosh, Louise Thompson, Lucy Watson and Binky Felstead pose in the press room at the Arqiva British Academy Television Awards 2013 at the Royal Festival Hall on May 12, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - SEPTEMBER 26: Professor Green and Millie Mackintosh arriving at INK night club on September 26, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Mark Robert Milan/FilmMagic)
FROME, UNITED KINGDOM - SEPTEMBER 10: Professor Green and Millie Mackintosh pose on their wedding day at Babington House on September 10, 2013 in Frome, England. (Photo by Julian Parker/UK Press via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 27: Millie Mackintosh is pictured shopping at Petits Bisous on Kings's Road on August 27, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Neil P. Mockford/FilmMagic)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - OCTOBER 31: Professor Green and Millie Mackintosh are sighted arriving at Jonathan Ross' Halloween Party in Hampstead on October 31, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Niki Nikolova/FilmMagic)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 15: (L-R) Eliza Doolittle, Samantha Barks, Coco Rocha, Abbey Clancy, Nina Nesbitt and Millie Mackintosh attend the Julien Macdonald show at London Fashion Week AW14 at Royal Courts of Justice, Strand on February 15, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Nick Harvey/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 28: Millie Mackintosh (L) and Professor Green attend the 'Walkers 'Do Us A Flavour' finalists launch at Paramount, Centre Point on July 28, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 10: Former Made in Chelsea star Caggie Dunlop (L) and Millie Mackintosh attend the Beefeater Grill's 40th birthday bash - a celebration of 40 years of serving great steak at The Drury Club on June 10, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Anthony Harvey/Getty Images for Beefeater Grill)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 08: Professor Green and Millie Mackintosh at the official UK launch of blu eCigs, the premier global electronic cigarette, and the start of the brand's forthcoming UK music tour at Kachette, London on May 8, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Getty Images for blu eCigs)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 28: (L to R) Professor Green, Millie Mackintosh and David Walliams attend the 'Walkers 'Do Us A Flavour' finalists launch at Paramount, Centre Point on July 28, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 13: Lady Mary Charteris, Abbey Clancy, Laura Whitmore, Millie Mackintosh and Leah Weller attend the Julien Macdonald show during London Fashion Week Spring Summer 2015 on September 13, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - NOVEMBER 04: Professor Green and Millie Mackintosh arrive in style in a Mercedes-Benz at the Harper's Woman of the Year Awards at Claridge's Hotel on November 4, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Getty Images for Mercedes-Benz)
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 26: Zara Martin and Millie Mackintosh attend an exclusive party to celebrate the imminent arrival of "City Island by Ballymore" - a new island neighbourhood for London which will provide an important link between Canning Town and the City - at City Island on November 26, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Getty Images for Ballymore)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 21: (L to R) Millie Mackintosh, Ella Eyre and Michelle Keegan attend the Julien Macdonald show during London Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2015/16 at British Foreign and Commonwealth Office on February 21, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 23: (L-R) Gizzi Erskine, Millie Mackintosh, Amber Le Bon, Yasmin Le Bon, Jasmine Guinness and Jaime Winstone attend at the GILES show during London Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2015/16 at Central Saint Martins on February 23, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 21: Vanessa White, Rochelle Humes, Millie Mackintosh, Whitney Port, Ella Eyre and Michelle Keegan attend the Julien Macdonald show during London Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2015/16 on February 21, 2015 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Mike Marsland/WireImage,)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 10: Millie Mackintosh attends the launch of the Millie Mackintosh Spring/Summer 2015 Collection at the Rosewood London on March 10, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 04: (L to R) Professor Green, Gizzi Erskine and Millie Mackintosh attend the book launch party for "Gizzi's Healthy Appetite: Food To Nourish The Body And Feed The Soul" by chef Gizzi Erskine at Prawnography on August 4, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 04: Millie Mackintosh attends the book launch party for "Gizzi's Healthy Appetite: Food To Nourish The Body And Feed The Soul" by chef Gizzi Erskine at Prawnography on August 4, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 10: Millie Mackintosh, Guest and Ella Eyre attend the launch party for Professor Green's autobiography "Lucky" sponsored by Crystal Head Vodka at Lights Of Soho on September 10, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 19: Millie Mackintosh (L) and Poppy Jamie attend Nicholas Kirkwood 10 year collection Launch and Party during London Fashion Week on September 19, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett / Getty Images for Nicholas Kirkwood)
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 31: Millie Mackintosh poses at the Emirates Marquee on Derby Day at Flemington Racecourse on October 31, 2015 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Luis Ascui/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 21: Natasha Oakley (L) and Millie Mackintosh attend a private dinner hosted by Creme de la Mer to celebrate the launch of Genaissance de la Mer the Serum Essence, available exclusively at Harrods, at Sexy Fish on January 21, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images for Creme de la Mer)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 08: (L to R) Caggie Dunlop, Millie Mackintosh, Madeleine Shaw and Irene Forte attend the Madeleine Shaw Glow Guides app launch at Brown's Hotel in partnership with Origins Skincare on January 8, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images for Madeleine Shaw)
LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 09: (L to R) Lilah Parsons, Angela Scanlon, Millie Mackintosh and Zoe Hardman attend the Sunday Times Style Christmas Party at Tramp on December 9, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images for Sunday Times Style)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 28: Ashley Roberts, Roxie Nafousi, Portia Freeman, Daisy Lowe and Millie Mackintosh attend Clinique x Daybreaker in Shoreditch, London at Village Underground on January 28, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images for Clinique)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 11: Millie Mackintosh attends the Cartier Queen's Cup Polo at Guards Polo Club on June 11, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Tristan Fewings/Getty Images for Cartier )
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 10: Millie Mackintosh attends INTROPIA party to celebrating the Pre -collection SS17 at 27 Sloane Square on November 10, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Luca Teuchmann/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 06: Millie Mackintosh attends the Nicholas Oakwell Couture AW16 show at Claridge's Hotel on September 6, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 23: Millie Mackintosh (L) and Charlotte Tilbury attend the Legendary Dinner Party hosted by Charlotte Tilbury at Annabel's Mayfair on November 23, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images for Annabel's)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - FEBRUARY 12: Millie Mackintosh attends the 70th British Academy Film Awards (BAFTA) ceremony at the Royal Albert Hall on February 12, 2017 in London, England. PHOTOGRAPH BY Wiktor Szymanowicz / Barcroft Images London-T:+44 207 033 1031 E:hello@barcroftmedia.com - New York-T:+1 212 796 2458 E:hello@barcroftusa.com - New Delhi-T:+91 11 4053 2429 E:hello@barcroftindia.com www.barcroftimages.com (Photo credit should read Wiktor Szymanowicz / Barcroft Im / Barcroft Media via Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - JANUARY 23: Millie Mackintosh attends the Ralph&Russo Haute Couture After Party Spring Summer 2017 show as part of Paris Fashion Week on January 23, 2017 in Paris, France. (Photo by Samir Hussein/Samir Hussein/WireImage)
Millie Mackintosh during a Build event, in association with Yahoo Style, in Somerset House, London. (Photo by Ian West/PA Images via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 17: (L to R) Millie Mackintosh, Amber Le Bon, Charli Howard and Daisy Lowe attend the Roland Mouret show during London Fashion Week February 2019 at The National Theatre on February 17, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images)
British actress Millie Mackintosh poses on the red carpet upon arrival at the BAFTA British Academy Film Awards at the Royal Albert Hall in London on February 10, 2019. (Photo by Tolga AKMEN / AFP) (Photo credit should read TOLGA AKMEN/AFP via Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - JULY 02: Millie Mackintosh attends the Lancôme announces Zendaya as face of new Idôle fragrance at Palais D’Iena on July 02, 2019 in Paris, France. (Photo by Kristy Sparow/Getty Images for Lancome,)
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