Greg Rikaart seeks diagnosis for coronavirus young and restless

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Young and Restless actor has been isolated from husband and son for days.

Updated April 1: Soaps.com is happy to report that Young and the Restless’ Greg Rikaart (Kevin Fisher; Days of our Lives’ Leo Stark) is recovering well and feels “95% better” than the last time he addressed his illness. The actor posted a video on Instagram, which readers can watch below, with not only a health update but with a message to his fans stating, “I wanted to thank you all for the incredibly kind and generous messages of support you sent my way which really lifted my spirits at a time when they needed to be lifted.”

On March 23, Rikaart received the results back from testing and it turns out he tested positive. He tells his fans, “I am a pretty healthy 43-year-old who doesn’t smoke, doesn’t drink much, eats well and exercises regularly and this has been the hardest experience of my life. Two+ weeks ago, everyone in my house had a bit of a cough and my son came home from school with a high fever. Everyone recovered, but I deteriorated. I isolated from my family and have been in solo quarantine since Saturday the 14th. I had a fever for 11 days, difficulty breathing and was diagnosed with pneumonia. I’m confident that I have finally turned the proverbial corner and am fever free today for the first time since this all started. I was told to stay isolated for another 72 hours before I acclimate back into my family. So, nice try coronavirus, but I have another 4-5 decades worth of experiences to have with these guys. Furthermore, I want to thank you all for the well wishes and I hope you heed the warnings. Stay safe, stay healthy and stay inside. ❤️”

Back on March 18 Young and Restless’ Greg Rikaart (Kevin Fisher) posted a health update on his Instagram account with a photo of a thermometer at 99.1 degrees Fahrenheit and expressed, “Feeling better today. Thank you ALL for the words of support. It’s really helped.” He ended his comments by urging everyone to stay well indoors – especially millennials and boomers. Soaps.com wishes the actor a speedy recovery.

On March 17, The Young and the Restless actor, Greg Rikaart (Kevin Fisher), took to his Instagram account today to share his experience after being ill for days and not being able to get tested for coronavirus (COVID-19). Soaps.com has the post, which features a photo of the under-the-weather actor who described how his situation began to unfold and said, “I’ve been mildly symptomatic since Friday/Saturday. 100.5 fever, tightness in my chest and a wet cough complete with some green phlegm.” He went on to explain that his doctor initially diagnosed him with seasonal allergies, before the fever, then two days later prescribed a Z-Pak and antibiotics. When he failed to improve after three days of antibiotics, Rikaart attempted to get in to see three different doctors, in hopes of getting a flu diagnosis and/or to be tested for the coronavirus, all of which refused to see him. The actor explained, “I didn’t meet the CDC threshold of: 1. Having traveled internationally in the past few weeks. 2. Having a fever of 102. 3. Cough.” Frustrated, Rikaart noted that other countries are testing anyone who wants to be tested as many are asymptomatic, and stated, “Such a colossal failure by our federal government that this is where we are.”

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Rikaart was able to find a doctor who makes house calls to visit him today and was hoping to be diagnosed with the flu. He joked, “Fingers crossed that I have the flu! Not something you hear every day, huh?” The actor was hoping to be able to cease his self-isolation and relieve his husband, Rob Sudduth, who has been caring for their son on his own. Following the doctor’s visit, he posted a video update, shared below, in which he explained he still had a fever but was not diagnosed with the flu, nor was he tested for coronavirus as there were no test kits available. Rikaart urged everyone to stay safe and stay home as he signed off.

Earlier today, Rikaart’s place of work, Young and Restless suspended production due to COVID-19 concerns, as have the three other soap operas. Soaps.com hopes the actor gets better soon.

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So in case you missed it on Twitter, here goes. I’ve been mildly symptomatic since Friday/Saturday. 100.5 fever, tightness in my chest and a wet cough complete with some green phlegm. Before the fever, on Wednesday of last week, my dr said I had seasonal allergies. By Friday, he prescribed a zpak, and yesterday, after zero abatement in symptoms following 3 days of antibiotics I tried to get in to see my doctor again, and hopefully be diagnosed with the flu but also be tested for coronavirus. THREE offices refused to see me, including my primary GP, b/c I didn’t meet the CDC threshold of: 1. Having travelled internationally in the past few weeks. 2. Having a fever of 102. 3. Cough. Two offices have me virtual appointments and said only to come in in conditions deteriorate b/c kits are a finite resource right now. Side note, other countries are testing anyone who wants to be tested b/c many ppl infected are walking around asymptomatically. The good news is that the tightness and fever have reduced today somewhat BUT since my symptoms started I’ve not only been isolated from the world, but isolated from my son and my husband. I found a doctor who makes house calls to come over today. I’m hoping I get diagnosed with the flu so I can relieve my SUPER DAD of a husband from three days of zero relief. I’m waiting to find out if there is a coronavirus kit avail too which will determines which level of isolation I need to employ. Such a colossal failure by our federal government that this is where we are. I realize that I’m in a fortunate position to find a house call doctor but basic healthcare should absolutely not be a luxury. Fingers crossed that I have the flu! Not something you hear everyday, huh?

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I just tested positive for coronavirus. I am a pretty healthy 43-year-old who doesn’t smoke, doesn’t drink much, eats well and exercises regularly and this has been the hardest experience of my life. Two+ weeks ago, everyone in my house had a bit of a cough and my son came home from school with a high fever. Everyone recovered, but I deteriorated. I isolated from my family and have been in solo quarantine since Saturday the 14th. I had a fever for 11 days, difficulty breathing and was diagnosed with pneumonia. I’m confident that I have finally turned the proverbial corner and am fever free today for the first time since this all started. I was told to stay isolated for another 72 hours before I acclimate back into my family. So, nice try coronavirus, but I have another 4-5 decades worth of experiences to have with these guys. Furthermore, I want to thank you all for the well wishes and I hope you heed the warnings. Stay safe, stay healthy and stay inside. ❤️

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