Mary Lou McDonald details how she was affected by Covid-19
"I have never been as sick as I was. Every part of me hurt. It hurt to open my eyes."
Mary Lou McDonald appaeared on Friday night's episode of The Late Late Show to talk about her experience with Covid-19.
McDonald was diagnosed Easter Monday (13 April), having been tested for the virus on 28 March.
Speaking to Ryan Tubridy on Friday night, the Sinn Féin leader described her Covid-19 situation by saying "I have never been as sick I was with it."
She said: "Every part of me hurt. It hurt to open my eyes. My eye sockets ached. All of my nerve endings were hypersensitized... I was exhausted. It literally floored me.
"I've never experienced anything like it. I've had episodes that I would call flu, but this didn't feel like a flu. This is a horrible, horrible virus."
McDonald also confirmed that she has asthma, which she says added to her and her family's concerns.
Clip via The Late Late Show
Speaking to the Dáil on Thursday, McDonald insisted that test results must be returned quicker, saying:"I waited 16 days for a test result. This wasn't unique, far from it. In fact, others waited longer times and in some cases these were frontline health workers.
"I think we can all accept that that is unacceptable, in fact, scandalous, and that it needs to be fixed."