Australian Survivor host Jonathan LaPaglia’s shock admission that COVID almost gave him PTSD 


Australian Survivor host Jonathan LaPaglia says he developed ‘PTSD’ over how lax Australians are with Covid-19 safety measures after flying in from locked-down LA

Jonathan LaPaglia has revealed that Australia’s relaxed attitude towards Covid-19 safety measures left him on the verge of suffering from PTSD. 

The Australian Survivor host, 51, told Stellar on Saturday that he was stunned after exiting quarantine in Sydney and seeing how many people in Australia did not follow the strict rules he became accustomed to in locked-down Los Angeles

‘After I quarantined here and I got out and [saw] no-one’s social distancing, no-one’s wearing masks… I almost had PTSD [Post Traumatic Stress Disorder],’ LaPaglia admitted to the publication.

 Too relaxed! Jonathan LaPaglia (pictured) has revealed that Australians’ lax attitude towards Covid-19 safety measures left him on the verge of suffering from PTSD

The actor, who lives in LA with his family, travelled back to Australia and entered two weeks of quarantine to shoot the new season of Australian Survivor earlier this year.

In a case of culture shock, Jonathan says it was a big difference to Los Angeles, where coronavirus hit harder and residents followed restrictions more closely. 

‘I was freaked out for quite a number of weeks. People would want to shake my hand and I was like, ‘What are you doing?” he added.  

Lock down: The Australian Survivor host, 51, told Stellar on Saturday that he was stunned after exiting quarantine in Sydney and seeing how many people in Australia did not follow the rules he became accustomed to in locked-down Los Angeles

 Lock down: The Australian Survivor host, 51, told Stellar on Saturday that he was stunned after exiting quarantine in Sydney and seeing how many people in Australia did not follow the rules he became accustomed to in locked-down Los Angeles

Scary? 'After I quarantined here and I got out and [saw] no-one's social distancing, no-one's wearing masks… I almost had PTSD,' LaPaglia admitted

Scary? ‘After I quarantined here and I got out and [saw] no-one’s social distancing, no-one’s wearing masks… I almost had PTSD,’ LaPaglia admitted

LaPaglia confesses the situation still has ‘an impact’ on him and that he wasn’t used to Australia’s much more laid back attitude towards the virus. 

‘I feel on some level we (Australia) have been so removed from what’s been going on elsewhere. COVID has had such a huge impact in the rest of the world,’ the reality show host says.

On Friday, Channel 10 confirmed the premiere date for the new season of Australian Survivor. 

Culture shock: 'I feel on some level we (Australia) have been so removed from what's been going on elsewhere. COVID has had such a huge impact in the rest of the world,' the reality show host says

Culture shock: ‘I feel on some level we (Australia) have been so removed from what’s been going on elsewhere. COVID has had such a huge impact in the rest of the world,’ the reality show host says

Australian Survivor: Brains v Brawn will launch on Sunday, July 18, at 7:30pm, with LaPaglia back in the saddle.

A trailer recently released for the new series shows the ‘brawny’ and ‘brainy’ contestants facing off in the Queensland outback. 

Host Jonathan is heard in a voice over saying: ‘What does it take to win the world’s toughest game? Brains or brawn?’

Read more: In this week's issue of Stellar Magazine

Read more: In this week’s issue of Stellar Magazine 

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