Full recovery. Gleb Savchenko contracted the Delta variant of the coronavirus earlier this year before receiving his vaccine.
“I’ve never felt worse in my life,” the Dancing With the Stars pro, 37, told AJ McLean and Cheryl Burke on the Monday, September 6, episode of their “Pretty Messed Up” podcast. “My heart was [going], like, 167 beats per minute. I fainted a couple of times. I called 911 twice.”
The Russia native battled the illness three months prior and believes he caught the virus while traveling to Texas for work.
“It was pretty bad. I came back [from the trip] and I felt like crap,” he said. “I went [to get tested] and it was negative. I went the second time, it was negative. I was dying. Literally dying. I felt like I couldn’t breathe. It was just bad.”
After getting tested for a third time, the result finally came back as positive. “I was home for two weeks. It was bad. It was the worst,” the ballroom dancer explained, noting that he got vaccinated after being cleared of COVID-19. “Everybody who’s not vaccinated, go get vaccinated ’cause that sucks. It sucks.”