Omotola Jalade has told her story of how she discovered she had COVID-19 and how she infected some of her children. The movie star has recovered from the deadly disease barely a week after she revealed on her Instagram page that she had tested positive.
The 42-year-old disclosed this yesterday, on the popular filmmakers’ WhatsApp group, Filmic. Omotola was reacting to the debate on how Nollywood can adhere strictly to the health guidelines of COVID-19, before reopening productions.
According to the thespian, she was treated by the No1 infectious disease doctors who told her that many people are infected with the virus because there’s no widespread testing, and as such, whenever they feel unwell they attribute it to malaria, diarrhea among other ailments.
On how she contracted the disease, Omotola said she started feeling unwell after she left a movie set on Monday, August 3, 2020. She narrates:
“I hardly fall ill and so when I left the set and started having chills the next day or so, I knew something wasn’t right. I thought it might be stress. This was on Monday, August 3. I waited till Tuesday and it got worse. I was shaking uncontrollably and my temperature was going through the roof.”
“My spirit told me immediately, this is not malaria or fever. I have been extremely careful and paranoid about this COVID-19 stuff. So I told hubby I needed to be tested immediately. I have a son that has Asthma!”
“They came to test me on Wednesday and my result came out on Thursday evening … Positive. My world crashed. I felt crazy and empty.”
“My symptoms were high fever and chills… luckily no other. But it was so bad, they contemplated coming to evacuate me as my viral loaf was high and I wasn’t getting better … but God arose for me. I went into isolation immediately. We got my result but my daughter started feeling funny.”
“So they had to come test the whole family … I had infected my daughter and asthmatic son ! My God showed up for me as my son is asymptotic, so positive but not sick ! My daughter lost her smell and taste and had severe diarrhea. All has stopped now, thank God.”
“My husband and last son tested negative respectively. We are all now in remission … taking another test soon.”
“It’s physically, spiritually and emotionally exhausting as the doctors tell you it’s a 50/50 chance . Nothing you do really saves you . You can only take the vitamins, manage the symptoms and hope your body fights”.
Omotola also disclosed that her biggest worry at the moment is the movie industry, adding that COVID-19 is real.
“Please this thing is real and we must come together to find the safest way to work and protect ourselves,” she added.
The mother of four also noted that many people are in denial and that’s very dangerous.
“I was one of the most careful persons you’d ever meet concerning COVID-19. Imagine if I believed because of that I couldn’t have been infected… I wish I wasn’t but I was … I could have been going out and kept on infecting others.”
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