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Shirley Ballas says she was so ill when she was struck down with coronavirus earlier this year that she couldn’t even remember her own name.

The 60-year-old Strictly Come Dancing star and her 47-year-old boyfriend Danny Taylor contracted the Covid-19 virus back in March.

While Shirley was not hospitalised by the potentially deadly virus, she claims she was so incapacitated by it that she was left bed bound and unable to recall her own name.

The TV star is still feeling the effects of the virus, months after being hit by the illness, and is waiting to find out a prognoses for possible long-Covid side effects.

Shirley Ballas has opened up about her Covid battle
(Image: Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)

Opening up to The Sun, Shirley said: “I’m in the middle of having some tests for that, because there are now some other issues that have occurred.

“We both got Covid and were both poorly and we’ve both had ­after- effects, from tiredness to certain lumps and bumps, and we’re dealing with that.

“Although I didn’t have to go to hospital, I was in bed for two weeks and I didn’t know my own name. It was scary for a while.

The TV star is waiting for test results to discover if she is suffering from long-Covid effects
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“I couldn’t get my act together, and that is not like me. I’m usually up at seven in the morning, going here and there. So it was quite an experience and it has left that tiring effect.”

During her discussion, she explained that she fell ill after receiving her first Covid vaccine.

She said she had received her first jab, then later fell ill with the virus, and has since received her second vaccine shot.

Shirley previously explained that her beloved dog, Charlie, helped her get through her Covid battle.

Shirley says her beloved dog Charlie has helped her recover from her illness

She said in April: “I’m just getting over five weeks of the coronavirus and I've been on my own and Charlie has sat at my feet, snuggled and cuddled and just looked at me.

“I get emotional just talking about him. He is just really sincerely loyal, caring and kind. I have no words for my Charlie.”

She added: “Other people will come and go but that dog will be here until he decides he wants to go to doggy heaven. For me he is my everything.”