Reynolds, who played 160 NRL games betwixt the Bulldogs and Tigers, past period contracted coronavirus portion successful England playing for Super League club, Hull.
The 32-year-old moved to England earlier this year aft having spent the 2020 NRL play with the Tigers.
The erstwhile NSW Blues prima spoke to Nine's Danny Weidler astir his COVID-19 battle, successful which helium admitted helium was near shaken by the diagnosis and not knowing however it would impact him portion surviving alone.
"It was full-on, I'm not going to lie," Reynolds told Nine News.
"It's nerve-racking due to the fact that you don't cognize however it's going to deed you.
"I had beauteous terrible headaches, mislaid my sensation and smell. I can't afloat sensation oregon odor astatine the moment.
"The astir freaky thing, due to the fact that I unrecorded by myself, you're a spot tense successful lawsuit thing happens. It wasn't that I couldn't breathe, but I didn't consciousness normal."
Asked astir the intelligence wellness broadside of surviving done a pandemic, Reynolds said helium can't instrumentality immoderate much of it.
"To beryllium wholly honorable with you, I'm implicit it," helium said. "I'm implicit the mode we're living."
During his NRL career, Reynolds was astir celebrated for his stint with the Canterbury Bulldogs, for who helium played 138 games.
Reynolds said the existent COVID-19 outbreak impacting Sydney and the Canterbury-Bankstown country has been hard to ticker from afar.
"To everyone successful that area, due to the fact that a batch of my household are determination and a batch of my champion mates, I'm reasoning of you guys," Reynolds said.
"I cognize what it's done to this state [England]. I was implicit present erstwhile it got truly atrocious and unfortunately, it's getting similar that and particularly successful the Canterbury-Bankstown area.
"Stay inside, it's lone going to get worst. It spreads similar accelerated fire.
"You spot what it does to people, it's not COVID-19 itself, it's peoples' intelligence states.
"When I archetypal got implicit present and I was successful that small country by myself and not having anyone to speech to, it's not a bully spot to be."