Nigeria’s movie queen, Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde has spoken of the devastating effect covid-19 had on her life after she tested positive to the virus.
The movie goddess tested positive for coronavirus barely one week ago while latest tests have returned her negative.
Omotola, 42 spoke Sunday on her WhatsApp group, Filmic, while reacting to the debate on how Nollywood can adhere strictly to the health guidelines of COVID-19, before reopening productions.
She said No.1 infectious disease doctors rallied round and attended to her while in isolation, adding 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.
The mother of four children said she started feeling unwell after she left a movie set on Monday, August 3, 2020 and started having some funny sensations the next day.
“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 load 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,” she stated.
She said her worry was mostly 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,” the actress added.