Australian comedian tests positive to Covid-19 and is forced to spend Christmas alone in isolation 

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Australian comedian Matt Hey – also known as his stage name Alright, Hey! – burst into tears this week after confirming he had tested positive to Covid-19.

The 27-year-old, who is beloved online thanks to his hilarious viral videos, revealed on Instagram that he is set to spend Christmas alone in isolation.

After contracting the virus eight days ago, Matt said he had suffered with a number of severe symptoms for the past five days including a high fever, fatigue, body aches and restlessness.

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Devastated: Australian comedian Matt Hey, also known as Alright, Hey!, burst into tears this week after revealing he had tested positive to Covid-19

Devastated: Australian comedian Matt Hey, also known as Alright, Hey!, burst into tears this week after revealing he had tested positive to Covid-19

Matt – who is double vaccinated – received his positive result on Tuesday, after taking a test a day earlier.  

On Wednesday evening, Matt became tearful as he explained how emotional it was to tell his loved ones that he had contracted the virus.

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‘A thing to be prepared for if you test positive to Covid – I keep saying Covid as I’m not sure what strain it is yet – is how emotional the process is,’ he said.

‘Apart from literally coughing and spluttering and all the rest of it, the worst part is how emotional it is to have to tell people who you love, “Hey, I have Covid.”

'A thing to be prepared for if you test positive to Covid - I keep saying Covid as I'm not sure what strain it is yet - is how emotional the process is,' he said. 'Apart from literally coughing and spluttering and all the rest of it, the worst part is how emotional it is to have to tell people who you love, "Hey, I have Covid"

‘A thing to be prepared for if you test positive to Covid – I keep saying Covid as I’m not sure what strain it is yet – is how emotional the process is,’ he said. ‘Apart from literally coughing and spluttering and all the rest of it, the worst part is how emotional it is to have to tell people who you love, “Hey, I have Covid”

After becoming visibly upset, he added: ‘I don’t want to cry…

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‘It’s so emotional to have to tell people that you love that, “I have Covid, and you need to isolate and test while they get their results and because of the demand right now it’s like two to three days…”

‘But there’s 20 of them. And I’m constantly going back and forth with everybody.

‘I feel like the health department checking in on them, because I love these people and I don’t want to have given them this virus – especially after everything I’ve been through over the last few days.’

Iconic: Matt Hey is beloved on Instagram, thanks to his hilarious jokes and YouTube videos that have since gone viral

Iconic: Matt Hey is beloved on Instagram, thanks to his hilarious jokes and YouTube videos that have since gone viral

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There was some positive news on Thursday, as the DJ and drag queen returned to Instagram to give an update to his 80,000 followers on his condition.

‘The good news is that everybody I was in contact with has got a test and has no symptoms and has tested negative, apart from two people that we are still waiting for their results to come through,’ he said.

‘Everybody else, including nan, is negative.’

He says he has been in regular contact with New South Wales Health, who alerted him that he can leave isolation and return to normality on the December 30 – 10 days after he took the test.

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Freedom day: Matt says he has been in regular contact with New South Wales Health, who alerted him that he can leave isolation and return to normality on the December 30 - 10 days after he took the test

Freedom day: Matt says he has been in regular contact with New South Wales Health, who alerted him that he can leave isolation and return to normality on the December 30 – 10 days after he took the test

He adds that they are sending out a heart and breathing monitor, saying he will have to record his results twice a day via an app. 

Speaking to 7Life about spending Christmas alone, the upbeat comic said: ‘It’s obviously devastating for my family that the most entertaining family member will be absent, I’m sure they’ll just end up cancelling Christmas altogether.

‘Although on the bright side, spending Christmas by myself means I don’t have any judgement on my third helpings and I don’t need to buy any presents, not that I had done that yet anyway… thankfully.’  

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Earlier in the week, Matt said that he was incredibly thankful to be double vaccinated, as his symptoms were so severe he didn’t think he would have survived had he not have been. 

As well as being a successful YouTube star, Matt also runs a podcast, Trash Alley, alongside fellow comic Mitchell Coombs. 

Festivities: Speaking to 7Life about spending Christmas alone, the upbeat comic said: 'It’s obviously devastating for my family that the most entertaining family member will be absent, I’m sure they’ll just end up cancelling Christmas altogether'

Festivities: Speaking to 7Life about spending Christmas alone, the upbeat comic said: ‘It’s obviously devastating for my family that the most entertaining family member will be absent, I’m sure they’ll just end up cancelling Christmas altogether’

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