Andy Cohen says he 'gained back' weight he lost while battling the coronavirus 'and then some' 

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Andy Cohen says he 'gained back' weight he lost while battling the coronavirus 'and then some' 

He has been open about his battle with the coronavirus, earlier this year. And Andy Cohen seemed to be in good health while virtually visiting EXTR

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He has been open about his battle with the coronavirus, earlier this year. 

And Andy Cohen seemed to be in good health while virtually visiting EXTRA on Friday. 

The Watch What Happens Live host told Billy Bush that he was no longer experiencing symptoms and that he ‘gained back’ the weight he lost and a little more.

Recovered: Andy Cohen told Billy Bush that he was no longer experiencing symptoms and that he 'gained back' the weight he lost and a little more, while virtually visiting EXTRA on Friday

Recovered: Andy Cohen told Billy Bush that he was no longer experiencing symptoms and that he ‘gained back’ the weight he lost and a little more, while virtually visiting EXTRA on Friday

When asked how he was doing relating to his previous battle with the coronavirus he said ‘I lost a ton of weight and I gained it all back, and then some.’

He went on to say that he recently had a chest X-ray done and the doctors noted ‘cloudiness’ in his lungs which was to be expected of someone recovering. 

‘I had a chest X-ray a few weeks ago and there was a little cloudiness in the lung,’ he said. ‘They said that’s commensurate for someone who is recovering. Otherwise I feel pretty good. ‘

The Bravo host announced back in March, that he tested positive for the novel virus, and he took time away from WWHL to recover. 

Asked: When asked how he was doing relating to his previous battle with the coronavirus he said 'I lost a ton of weight and I gained it all back, and then some'

Asked: When asked how he was doing relating to his previous battle with the coronavirus he said ‘I lost a ton of weight and I gained it all back, and then some’ 

Before: Andy is shown in April, after recovering from the coronavirus in late March, looking much more slender

Before: Andy is shown in April, after recovering from the coronavirus in late March, looking much more slender

‘It took 10 or 11 days to work through my system,’ Cohen said previously on his SiriusXM show Radio Andy, admitting the hardest part was being away from his young son Ben. 

Adding: ‘You know, it takes a bit to get your energy back. There’s a thing where you feel mentally like, “Oh, I’m okay.” And then you realize, you go downstairs and make a piece of toast and you come upstairs and you’re like, “Now I need to relax.”

He previously railed against what he called ‘antiquated and discriminatory guidelines’ that he encountered when trying to give blood as part of a program seeking plasma donations from those who’ve recovered from the disease.

In spite of the fact that there is of course a heightened demand for plasma from coronavirus survivors at present, Cohen was still told he was ‘ineligible to donate blood because I am a gay man.’

Signs of the virus: He went on to say that he recently had a chest X-ray done and the doctors noted 'cloudiness' in his lungs which was to be expected of someone recovering

Signs of the virus: He went on to say that he recently had a chest X-ray done and the doctors noted ‘cloudiness’ in his lungs which was to be expected of someone recovering 

Not ok: He previously railed against what he called 'antiquated and discriminatory guidelines' that he encountered when trying to give blood as part of a program seeking plasma donations from those who've recovered from the disease

Not ok: He previously railed against what he called ‘antiquated and discriminatory guidelines’ that he encountered when trying to give blood as part of a program seeking plasma donations from those who’ve recovered from the disease 

‘Tonight I’ve got a bit of a rant, so please indulge me,’ the reality TV host and father of one began in the Watch What Happens Live clip, which he uploaded to Instagram.

Cohen went on to say that since recovering from the virus which has been sweeping the globe and has claimed close to 200k lives to date, he naturally ‘wanted to see if there was something I could do to help people who were infected.’

But after signing up for a plasma donation program, Cohen’s blood was denied. 

It was at that point that Andy mentioned the ‘antiquated and discriminatory guidelines by the FDA,’ which he then said were in place in order to prevent the transmission of HIV, from a time when much less was understood about that disease.

Not OK: Andy previously spoke out about discrimination he recently experienced since recovering from Covid-19, when his blood was denied as part of a plasma donation program

Not OK: Andy previously spoke out about discrimination he recently experienced since recovering from Covid-19, when his blood was denied as part of a plasma donation program

According to the American Journal of Managed Care, those guidelines were instituted by the FDA in 1985, barring any man who had sex with another man after 1977 from being able to donate blood in light of what was then considered high rates of HIV transmission among that population.

However, in 2020, HIV and AIDS are scientifically proven to be associated with all types of populations, rendering the ban on blood from gay men in particular discriminatory. 

What’s more, Cohen pointed out, ‘all donated blood is screened for HIV,’ before adding that now, ‘a rapid HIV test can be done in 20 minutes or less.’

Toward the end of his statement on the matter, Andy said, ‘My blood could save a life, but instead it’s over here boiling.’  

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