Actress Soleil Moon Frye is urging parents to get their kids tested for COVID-19, after revealing three of her children contracted the coronavirus.
The former “Punky Brewster” star took to her Instagram on Monday to share the blindsiding revelation.
“I thought my son had a cold or a fever; I did not know that he had COVID-19,” Frye wrote in the post’s caption, accompanied by a photo of her surrounded by her children. “With the encouragement of our doctor I had him tested – he tested positive. I was on my way to a work trip, rushed home and two of my other children tested positive as well.”
Frye shares four children, two daughters and two sons, with producer Jason Goldberg: Poet, 15; Jagger, 13; Lyric, 7; and Story, 5.
Frye said her children’s diagnoses have “brought up a lot for me” and put her through an emotional rollercoaster.
“I have felt so many emotions these past days,” she said. “I want to protect my babies, love them, make them all better, take away the burning fever and tummy aches. I have tried to smile through the fear and nurture them; I have shed many tears.”
Frye said the experience has also filled her with gratitude for her family’s health and well-being, as well as the resources they have access to.
“I know how incredibly fortunate we are,” Frye said. “My kids have been able to heal together and support each other through this. We have a doctor we trust and hospitals close by.
“We are able to lean on one another. My heart breaks for the lives that have been lost and knowing how so many do not have the same things that we have or the chance to be with their loved ones throughout this.”
Frye said she has no idea how her kids contracted COVID-19, given that she and others close to the family have all tested negative for the coronavirus.
“That is part of the mystery in this – how hard it is often to trace and how easy it is to spread,” Frye said. “Please be safe: much love to you all.”
Frye is a board member of CORE Response, a crisis-response nonprofit co-founded by actor Sean Penn that’s dedicated to providing “immediate aid and recovery to underserved communities across the globe.” In the wake of the pandemic, the nonprofit has helped set up and operate COVID-19 units that administer vaccines, tests and other resources to various communities across the country.
“I continue to have the deepest respect for all of the caretakers on the frontlines, doctors, health workers and volunteers,” Frye said. “I have more love and compassion for single parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, friends and extended families that come together and jump in when needed.”Internet Explorer Channel Network