Bachelor star Colton Underwood says girlfriend Cassie has been 'keeping him company' during coronavirus diagnosis

BACHELOR star Colton Underwood revealed that he's closer to feeling back to normal, as he battles coronavirus.

The 28-year-old reality television star thanked his girlfriend Cassie Randolph and her family for taking care of him, after he tested positive for the virus.

He shared a picture of himself in a face mask, and appeared to have managed to get out of his bed.

The former footballer was seated upright and gave a conspicuous plug for his forthcoming autobiography.

He captioned: "Day 11. I’m closer to feeling like myself and I am so grateful to have more of my lungs back. I want to thank my doctor and local health department who have done a great job guiding us through this.

"I’m talking with my doctor about donating my plasma and doing anything I can to help fight this thing. Thank you to everyone who has be so supportive during this time."

He couldn't resist a little salesmanship, as she concluded: "A friendly reminder that my memoir comes out March 31st! I’m hoping that during this time it helps distract people or you learn something new about yourself while reading it. Continue to smile and spread positivity. ♥️ love y’all."

The star has been sharing his journey since being diagnosed with COVID-19.

Three days ago he revealed that he was starting to improve.

He wrote: "Today, I woke up seeing light at the end of the tunnel. I had my best sleep in more than a week and feel closer to my normal self."

He continued: "I still have a mild cough but the aches and pains are gone. I’m just feeling grateful right now that I still have a life. I realize that my case was not as severe as others and I am lucky we managed it at home.

"I am in awe of the doctors and nurses who are on the front lines saving lives and the grocery checkers and truckers and everyone else helping people stay fed and comforted.

"We’ve learned that superheroes are real, not just in the movies. I never thought I’d know as much about supply chains or use the phrase 'flatten the curve' when not referring to my stomach after a big meal.

"Please continue to practice kindness. Keep a distance. Stay safe. Let’s shut this thing down and put it in our rearview mirror. We’re all in this together."

In the accompanying video he paid tribute to the Randolph family who have taken care of him while he was isolating in a room by himself.

He previously had explained that he is isolating at the family home of his girlfriend Cassie.

Colton revealed: "Hi, just wanted to give you a health update. The last few days were rougher than I expected. The most prominent symptoms are my cough, night sweats and shortness of breathe.

"Breathing is challenging, the best way to describe it is feeling like I only have access to 20% of my lungs," he explained.

He continued: "I can only imagine how people with pre-existing health conditions feel with this. I’ve been journaling throughout this and I’ll share some of those soon." 

Colton initially revealed he's contracted the virus, on Instagram: “I tested positive and I have been following all of the social distancing rules since last week.  My symptoms started a few days ago, I was tested and just received my results today.

“For anyone out there that is hesitant to self quarantine… please do yourself and your loved ones a favor and stay home.

“We will all beat this and come out stronger on the other side. I’ll keep you posted, Love y’all.”

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