Winning the Battle over COVID-19: My Experience

Hi everyone, I just want to share a very recent experience so that it’ll be useful to those who may need it. I was first diagnosed with COVID-19 on the 27th of December 2020. It was really a shocker as I did not have any symptoms nor did I lose my sense of taste or smell. It was really difficult at the beginning, not knowing what to do as I was far away from home and there was no one beside me – since I was renting a room alone down here in Johor Bahru. The only thing I was briefed to do was to stay quarantined in the room and wait for KKM’s call. Days passed and I heard nothing from KKM. I knew that they were really pre-occupied up with the drastically rising number of cases during that period. On a side note, do keep an eye out for KKM’s COVID-19 hotline numbers that vary across states and districts (they can be obtained from KKM’s website) to report your condition and also to know the latest updates. During times like these, you have to be mentally and physically strong and have the hope that you’ll pass through these hurdles and come back stronger. If you test positive, the most important thing to do is to stay isolated. Drink plenty of warm water and consume fruits and vegetables that contains vitamins. Additionally, we Indians can have rasam, also known as “the most efficacious medicine”. 😁 You might feel slight feverish during that period, don’t panic and if possible get paracetamol (Panadol). If your symptoms worsen, don’t hesitate to call 999 and explain your situation. After a few days of waiting, I was then called by KKM to be assessed. I finally got a pink tag and was told to stay quarantined, having received the official letter as well. A few days passed, I received a call from my HR team to perform a second swab test on the 6th of January 2020. Results came in 2 days later and it was revealed I tested negative for COVID-19. It was a sigh of relief for me as I was battling this with my other colleagues and things had finally paid off. KKM was then called in to perform “potong gelang” – that is, to disband the pink tag from your wrist. That marked my freedom from my nearly two-week long quarantine. I’m grateful to everyone that supported me by texting, motivating, video calling me and most importantly by building my trust that I would be able to win this battle. Sincere thanks to my colleagues, family and friends. For those who have been diagnosed with COVID-19, my sincere advise is believe that you can battle it out, stay hydrated and eat good food – trust me, rasam works. 😅 Kesimpulannya, always adhere to KKM’s guidelines and stay vigilant for the latest news. Watch Dr Hisham’s press conferences, he gives out important and helpful information. If you need any support during your quarantine period, I’m here for you. You can text or even call me. Stay safe and take care everyone. A salute to all our frontliners. 🖐

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