‘Chrisley Knows Best’: Todd Chrisley Hospitalized After Testing Positive for Coronavirus

Some people have called coronavirus (COVID-19) the great equalizer as anyone can be infected. Todd Chrisley of Chrisley Knows Best is one of the latest stars to test positive for the virus. As a relatively healthy man under 60, Todd wasn’t in one of the groups who are especially at risk of dying from the virus, but regardless of his health and age, he says that battling the virus was one of the hardest things he’s done.

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Todd Chrisley’s battle with coronavirus

As Todd is finally on the mend, he felt it appropriate to share his experience on the Apr. 8 episode of his podcast Chrisley Confessions

“It has been the sickest that I have ever been in the 52 years I’ve been on this earth,” he said. “I cannot ever tell you a time in my life where I have ever been as sick as what I had been with the coronavirus.

His wife Julie Chrisley echoed his sentiments.

“This is serious. This is something that we’ve been dealing with for the past few weeks,” Julie said. “Todd and I have been together for 25 years, I have never in 25 years seen him as sick as what he was in the past few weeks.”

He fought the illness for three weeks and had to be hospitalized for four and a half days.

Todd and Julie Chrisley’s thoughts on social distancing

Throughout the episode, both Todd and Julie stressed how important social distancing is.

“If you are doubting or have not been affected by corona personally … you need to know that this is serious,” Julie said. “There are people who are dying and we have to take it seriously. We have to practice social distancing, and we have to stay in if at all possible.”

For Todd, the illness changed the way that he viewed things.

“This has been a life-altering experience for me. I know it’s been a life-altering experience for everyone in my family,” he said.

Though Todd is on the mend, he said that he is still not completely better. Currently, he feels like he’s 70 to 75% recovered.

“I think that what it has taught me is to look around and see the things that truly, truly matter — and what matters is health,” he said. “You can have all the money in the world but if you don’t have your health, you have nothing. It’s been a tough, tough three weeks.”

How did Todd find out he had coronavirus?

Getting tested for coronavirus has proven difficult for many people. Luckily after a trip to urgent care, Todd was able to get tested.

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COVID-19: Dad was diagnosed with the coronavirus about 2.5 weeks ago..and I have never been so scared in my life. When everything started with COVID-19 I was like a lot of u…my mindset was “Wash your hands, don’t touch people, and you’ll be ok…” BUT BOY HAS THAT IRRESPONSIBLE MINDSET CHANGED! When dad started getting sick I immediately started worrying…he and I are the worriers of the bunch. After a couple days mom and I talked him into going to urgent care…he went in and he was showing all symptoms of COVID-19 so they tested him. Here in TN Vanderbilt was extremely prepared for testing and has testing at 15 or so of their walk in clinics. So before people say…”OH HE ONLY GOT TESTED BECAUSE HES A CELEBRITY…” u are WRONG! He went into an urgent care just like the rest of u would. After getting tested he went back home and stayed quarantined in his bedroom for 7 days and then his test came back..POSITIVE..when mom and I read that our hearts dropped. Dads symptoms were worsening as days went on..finally at 3am on a Sunday he woke mom up saying he has to go to the ER..he couldn’t fight it any longer. When she got there they made her drop him off and leave because of all the strict guidelines. He stayed at Vanderbilt for 3 days and those were the hardest 3 days I think I’ve ever endured. I talk to my daddy 10x a day! He’s my bestfriend…I also never go to bed a single night without a “Goodnight and I love you” text..and now my dad was sitting in a hospital room by himself and I had no idea how he was. At one point I fell on my hands and knees and begged God to not take him..to not take my bestfriend..I would give everything I had if it meant keeping my daddy. I was so desperate that I dropped photos of our family off at the hospital and said “If he sees these I know he’ll keep fighting!” So I guess the point of me telling u all this is so that u take it seriously…STAY HOME! SOCIAL DISTANCE! And most importantly..LOVE HARDER THAN EVER! Life is so short. I also owe a HUGE THANK U to my friends @charlesgalanismd @drjacobunger for walking me through all the steps we needed to follow and continuously checking in on us. As well as the drs and nurses @ Vandy❤

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“He went into an urgent care just like the rest of u would,” Todd’s daughter Savannah wrote on Instagram. “After getting tested he went back home and stayed quarantined in his bedroom for 7 days and then his test came back..POSITIVE..when mom and I read that our hearts dropped.”

When he didn’t get better, he had to go to the hospital.

“Dad’s symptoms were worsening as days went on..finally at 3 am on a Sunday he woke mom up saying he has to go to the ER..he couldn’t fight it any longer,” she continued.