'Hi all... I'm taking a few weeks off work as I've had a respiratory infection (for three months) since the bushfires and it just won't heal,' the 43-year-old wrote in an Instagram post on March 17.
'I don't have coronavirus, but I'm worried I'll get it if I don't get better. Thought it was a good time to lie low.'
In an opinion piece for Stellar magazine last week, Sam discussed how she is handing life in self-isolation during the current coronavirus pandemic – explaining that she is filled with a “range of emotions”.
“Like everyone right now, my emotions range from anger to disbelief to awe,” she wrote.
“My thoughts swing from those of a no-nonsense journo to those of a random citizen to those of furious taxpayer.”
Sam went on to reveal that she has had a lot of time to ponder certain elements of the deadly virus outbreak.
“I've pondered why on earth someone would want to eat a bat.
“And because everything I touch around the house (from hair straighteners to toothpicks) has a massive made in China sticker, I've pondered how we can recharge our manufacturing industry when we come out the other side of this crisis.”