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Whoopi Goldberg was surprised to find out she contracted COVID-19 during her holiday break from “The View.”
“I left a couple of weeks ago, just before the break, because somebody I had been around tested positive for coronavirus, so I left. So I’ve been gone a long time, I feel,” Goldberg, who was wearing a shirt with the words “Over It,” told her co-hosts via video chat on Wednesday.
The comedian, 66, revealed that she had to undergo testing for the show and her results came back positive – despite being careful around others and being vaccinated and boosted against COVID-19.
“I was all excited and, you know, they have to test us, and so they sent people to test me, and they tested me, and it was like, ‘Oh no you’re not coming back. We’re not sending anybody to your house. You have corona.’ And it was like, wait what?” she recalled.
Goldberg explained that “it was a shock” seeing as she was “triple vaxxed” and had not “been anywhere or done anything” outside of her home.
“But that’s the thing about the Omicron, you just don’t know where it is. You don’t know where it is, who’s got it, who’s passing it,” she said. “It’s one of those things where you think I’ve done everything I was supposed to do.”
Goldberg then reflected on the pandemic, saying that COVID-19 isn’t going anywhere unless people get vaccinated and boosted.
“Yeah, it doesn’t stop Omicron, and that’s the problem with a variant, because it gets stronger and does different stuff to you. So, you know, unless everybody gets vaccinated, this is what we’re going to be facing for the next, you know, little while,” she said.
Fortunately, Goldberg, who suffered a near-fatal bout of pneumonia that lead to septic shock in March 2019, said she wasn’t too concerned for her health and felt OK.
“You can only do what you can do, and whatever your body decides it’s going to do is what you have to roll with,” she said. “It could have been much, much worse, I’m sure, and it wasn’t. I’m really lucky.”
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