Bryan Cranston says he was diagnosed with COVID-19 but feels 'very lucky' as he donates his plasma to help others

BREAKING Bad star Bryan Cranston revealed he'd tested positive for COVID-19.

The actor told fans via Instagram on Thursday, he had been "very lucky" to only suffer minor symptoms when he caught the killer virus "a little while ago."

The 64-year-old urged people to "keep wearing the damn mask," as he lined up to donate his antibody-containing plasma at a center in Los Angeles.

"Hi. About now you're probably feeling a little tied down, restricting your mobility and like me, you're tired of this!! Well, I just want to encourage you to have a little more patience," Cranston wrote in the caption.

"I was pretty strict in adhering to the protocols and still… I contracted the virus. Yep. It sounds daunting now that over 150,000 Americans are dead because of it," Cranston continued.

"I was one of the lucky ones. Mild symptoms. I count my blessings and urge you to keep wearing the damn mask, keep washing your hands, and stay socially distant. We can prevail — but ONLY if we follow the rules. Be well — Stay well," Cranston added.

In the video, the Malcolm In The Middle star wore a surgical mask as he stood outside of a UCLA donation center.

He jokingly clarified he was there to donate plasma and not to peruse the marijuana dispensary next door.

"I wanted to announce that I had COVID-19… a little while ago," he said.

"Very lucky, very mild symptoms. And so I thought maybe there's something I can do."

Once in the donation chair, he filmed the phlebotomist with him explained that the blood withdrawn would be placed placed in a centrifuge, which would split the fluid into red blood cells, platelets and plasma.

Cranston's plasma should contain antibodies that the body uses to battle the coronavirus, but the blood and platelets could be returned to his body.

The actor explained:  "The whole process takes about an hour, thank God for old movies!" and he settled in to watch 1957 classic A Face In The Crowd.

The phlebotomist returned at the end of the donation to show the two thick bags of cloudy amber liquid housing the actor's plasma.

Cranston reminded viewers: "Don't forget to wash your hands, social distance and wear a mask!"

His video was released as coronavirus cases in California and multiple US states are surging, and over 150,000 Americans have died from the virus.

Cranston's most recent project was Breaking Bad sequel film, El Camino, which premiered on Netflix last year.

He's also voiced a role in forthcoming Disney film, The One And Only Ivan, which will premiere on Disney+ on August 21.

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