Coronation Street star Charlie Condou lost use of his hand through long Covid

Former Coronation Street star Charlie Condou says he lost the use of his fingers through long Covid.

The actor, who plays Marcus Dent on the soap, shared on Twitter that he contracted the Covid-19 virus six months ago.

He also detailed experiencing ‘phantom smells’ throughout, telling a fan that he occasionally smells ‘sweaty feet’.

Charlie tweeted on Saturday: ‘It’s been almost 6 months since I had Covid-19 and lost use of the fingers on my left hand. Still no sign of recovery. Long Covid sucks.’

When a follower described ‘Covid phantom smells’, he replied: ‘I have phantom smells too!! I often can smell sweaty feet. It’s so weird.’

In a further tweet the TV star shared it was ‘nerve damage’ and acupuncture ‘wouldn’t work’.

It’s been almost 6 months since I had Covid-19 and lost use of the fingers on my left hand. Still no sign of recovery. Long Covid sucks

The actor received messages of support from his Twitter followers and friends, including presenter Gaby Roslin who said: ‘No! That’s so awful. I’m so sorry lovely man.’

‘It’s alright, it couldn’t been so much worse,’ he replied.

‘That’s really awful, so sorry mate, let’s hope it gets better,’ another Twitter user said.

‘OMG that is absolutely terrible. I hope you regain full function asap’ read another reply.

One person wrote: ‘Sorry to hear that. Nerve damage can take quite a long time to recover unfortunately. Hope you start to see some improvement soon,’ while another said: ‘Oh you poor man. Hope you get there soon.’

Charlie first played Marcus from 2007 to 2008 and had a relationship with barman Sean Tully (Antony Cotton) before they split.

He returned in 2011 and got together with Maria Connor (Samia Longchambon), however he cheated on her with Todd Grimshaw. Marcus left Weatherfield in 2014 after being dumped by Todd and reconciling with Maria.

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