Andrea Bocelli donates blood to vaccine research after recovering from COVID-19
Italian opera singer Andrea Bocelli has revealed that he contracted COVID-19 in March, made a “swift and full recovery” and has donated his blood to help vaccine research.
“The pandemic which has shaken the world has also affected — albeit mildly — me and certain members of my family,” Bocelli, 61, said on Facebook.
“Out of respect for those for whom contracting the virus has had more serious consequences, I decided it would be best not to share the news. I certainly didn’t want to unnecessarily alarm my fans and also wished to protect my family’s privacy,” the famed blind tenor continued.
“We were fortunate enough to have a swift and full recovery by the end of March,” he wrote.
“Given the chance to donate blood to help find a cure for Covid, my response was an immediate ‘yes.’ A modest — but fundamental — gesture, through which I am playing my small part,” added Bocelli, who shared a live-stream of himself performing in Milan on Easter Sunday.
His “Music for Hope” concert, which was viewed by more than 28 million people worldwide in its first 24 hours, has currently been viewed over 40 million times, according to Variety.
Bocelli, who said he had a little fever but no severe symptoms, was seen entering the University hospital of Pisa, known as the AOUP, to donate his blood, Yahoo reported.
The singer lives with his second wife and manager, Veronica Berti and their 8-year-old daughter. His wife, 36, also donated blood, suggesting that she, too, had contracted the illness, according to the outlet.
Blood known as convalescent plasma from coronavirus survivors contains antibodies and is being used by researchers who hope it can be given to patients with severe symptoms to increase their ability to fight the bug.
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