I first started experiencing body pains nearly three weeks ago. I was still attending the provincial assembly in the beginning, but as the pain got worse, I stopped going.
I live alone in a rented room in Butwal, and my neighbours started reaching out, even called a masseuse over to lessen the pain. But after experiencing even worse body aches, I decided to leave for my relative’s home on 2 August.
My sisters did not think it was coronavirus, and they took care of me, staying in close proximity, and even sleeping in the same room. Soon, I developed a fever and forced myself to visit the hospital. On 8 August they tested me positive for Covid-19.
After this, all my symptoms began to match those of other Covid patients. The doctors explained to me that my body aches, loss of appetite, stomach aches, diarrhoea, and fever, were all signs that I was infected. Upon receiving my diagnosis, I immediately updated my Facebook status, alerting everyone who had been in contact with me so that they also self-isolate and take PCR tests.
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I hear many people say that it will not happen to them. Some are careless, and mingle in crowds, or don’t wear masks. They think they are immune to the virus, or wrongly believe that even if they do get infected it will be no more than a simple flu or cold. It is this mind-set and complacency that is the root cause behind the surge of cases throughout the country.
Believe me, it is very difficult to recover once infected with this virus. After having first-hand experience and suffering from the illness, I have been on social media trying to warn the public to be more careful.