Reba McEntire clarifies she didn’t have COVID-19 after all

She’s a survivor of a virus … just not the one she thought.

Reba McEntire clarified that she actually did not contract COVID-19 after receiving the vaccine as she said she had earlier this month.

“I did say that I had COVID, but when I got tested, my antibodies — it came up that I had not had COVID,” the country singer told Nancy O’Dell on Monday’s episode of “Talk Shop Live.”

McEntire, 66, explained that she seemingly got a false positive test result despite having symptoms similar to the virus.

“I had my antibodies from my vaccine. I had all the symptoms,” she said. “The test … said that I had it, but then the nurse that came and tested me for my antibodies said that I probably had the RSV virus.”

The respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) is a common and contagious virus that causes infections of the respiratory tract. It has similar symptoms to the novel coronavirus, though it is not nearly as life-threatening.

Earlier this month, McEntire shared that she and her boyfriend, Rex Linn, were both diagnosed with COVID-19 after being vaccinated.

“I just want to say one thing: This has been a hard year and it’s getting rougher again,” she said on Instagram Live at the time. “You guys, please stay safe. Wear your mask. Do what you have to do. Stay home.”

Reba McEntire and her husband Rex Linn
McEntire said earlier this month that she and boyfriend Rex Linn had both tested positive for the virus.
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She added, “It’s not fun to get this. I did get it, Rex and I got it, and it’s not fun. You don’t feel good. We were both vaccinated and we still got it, so stay safe, stay home and be protected the best you can.”

Fortunately, McEntire has recovered from her illness and is “doing great.”

“I’m prayin’ for everybody who’s contacted it — family members, friends, I’m sure prayin’ for all of ya,” she told O’Dell, adding, “‘Cause whatever I had, it sure wasn’t fun.”

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