Omotola Jalade-Ekehinde recently revealed that she suspected contacting Covid-19 from a movie set, plus the horror of infecting her son with the lethal disease.
She had revealed on her Instagram has tested positive for coronavirus, and confirmed that she has recovered but what the went through in the hands of Covid-19 makes her warn others not to be careless.
The African movie Queen that ruled Nollywood alongside Genevieve Nnaji in the 90s and 2000s said she was privileged to be treated by the top a top doctor.
Omotola’s 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”.
said she was treated by the No1 infectious decease doctors. According to her, the doctors said 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, the mother of four children, 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.”
The 42-year-old actress disclosed last week on the popular filmmakers’ WhatsApp group, Filmic, that ‘Nollywooders’ must find ways to adhere strictly to the health guidelines of COVID-19, before reopening productions.
Quoting her verbatim: “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.”
She revealed further that her husband and last son tested negative respectively and they are all now in remission and will take another test later.
She said it was physically, spiritually and emotionally exhausting as the doctors said 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,” the admirable actress narrates.
She added 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”.