How can people with COVID-19 help in raising awareness for the disease

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 26 2020 09:47 PM

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MANILA--Patients infected with the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) should share their experience to prevent others from being "complacent," a Filipino migrant worker with the pathogen said Thursday.

"Why hide? I mean, the more you hide this thing, the more people would be complacent. They think this is just a common flu or whatever. They don't know the dangers, they don't the situation of the people in the hospital, what they are going through everyday," Jinkie Alhambra, an OFW with COVID-19 in Hong Kong, told ANC.

She recounted how her nose bled due to the nasal swabbing she had to go through for medical tests.

"It was really dreadful," she said.

People, whether infected or not, must know everything about COVID-19, added Alhambra.

"They don't have to take chances, they have to take it seriously. That's the reason why I went public because I want to raise awareness," she said.

According to Alhambra, she was infected this month by her employer who came from a trip from India.

She is one of 13 Filipinos in Hong Kong who has contracted the disease, according to data of the Department of Foreign Affairs.

Hong Kong, a special administrative region of China where COVID-19 emerged, has more than 300 confirmed coronavirus cases with at least 4 deaths, as of March 23. -- With a report from Reuters