Confirmed positive for COVID-19 on March 10 and in isolation until March 29, one Jamaican shares his road to recovery post coronavirus. After arriving in the country from Spain on February 25, he developed a cough and decided to get tested.
“Basically I went to the hospital the 10th of March. The following two days after they give me a call on my cellphone telling me that I check positive with symptom of the Coronavirus and they told me must not go anywhere. They will come and get me,” he shared.
He was then placed in isolation on March 12 and given cold medicine to control the coughing. Within a week , the cough was gone.
“I was there for the quarantine time of 14 days but it was about 16 days before I get out,” he says. “They actually run two tests after – the first on the 10th, one on the 21st of March and the 23rd. They say both of them come back negative.”
Based on information from the Health Ministry, he is a Jamaican overseas ship worker who came in from the Canary Islands via Portugal and Miami. Apart from the cough, he said he had no other symptoms. No runny nose, sore throat, fever or respiratory issues.
“Mi mother is okay, brother and father as well. My father is sickly and I spent one whole day with him. People that I have been in contact with are negative so far,” he explained to CVM Live.
When asked about the doctors and nurses at the facility, he noted that they were wearing the correct gear and took necessary precautions to protect themselves.
“They are always in gloves and work well. I will not use my bad ways and judge them. Other people that have it were coughing rapidly but I wasn’t showing any other sign.”
He has one message for those who are fearful of contracting the virus.
“Me normal individual get over it so anyone can get over it. Just follow sanitation practices and what the government says and you will go through.”
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