Dingdong Dantes disclosed that he and his family tested positive for COVID-19 while recalling their experience and road to recovery from the virus.
Dantes narrated his family’s bout with the virus through a sit-down video, as seen on his Facebook page yesterday, Jan. 23. The actor, who’s in his last day of quarantine, recounted how they first experienced symptoms, days after they got their booster shot.
“Napansin namin na marami na ang hindi maganda ang pakiramdam sa kapaligiran namin — halos lahat ng kakilala namin ay mayroong positive case sa bahay. Hanggang sa halos lahat kami dito sa bahay ay nilagnat na at nagkaroon ng sintomas,” he said. “Kaya inisip namin ‘Naku, mukhang ito na ‘yon. Mukhang nasama na kami sa surge,’ kaya nag-test kami at ‘yun na nga, nag-positive kami sa [COVID-19].”
(We noticed that a lot of people around us are not feeling well — almost everyone we know has a positive case in their houses. Until everyone in our house had fever and already experienced symptoms as well. It got us thinking, “This must be it. We may already be part of the surge,” so we got tested, and we tested positive for COVID-19.)
Dantes told fans how his family is still grateful because they only experienced mild symptoms, stressing how their booster shots protected them from the virus. The actor then thanked those who helped and provided supplies for them.
“Naging mahirap para sa amin dahil since lahat kami nagkaroon ng sabay-sabay, naging mahirap ‘yung mobility para sa amin, naging mahirap yung movements,” he added. “Masasabi kong nalampasan namin ito dahil sa tulong ng maraming tao.”
(It was hard for us because we all got COVID-19 at the same time, our mobility was affected, movements were hard. I can say that we got through this through the help of many people.)
Aside from his family and friends, Dantes also expressed his gratitude to the Office of the Vice President who sent them a care kit. He noted how the kit was a big help for their family, and to those who are experiencing the same situation.
“Isa rin sa mga mahalagang natanggap namin ay ‘yung COVID care package ng Office of the Vice President, so napakalaking bagay ‘non dahil naglalaman ng kumpletong mga gamit na kinakailangan ng isang COVID-positive patient,” he said.
(One of the important things we received was the COVID care package from the Office of the Vice President, it was such a big help because it has the complete supplies needed by a COVID-positive patient.)
Dantes then stressed that contracting the virus is not something to be ashamed about, while reminding the public to get vaccinated and be protected against the virus.
“Gan’on na po talaga ka-grabe ‘yung surge na ito, gan’on karami ‘yung nahawa at patuloy na nahahawa ngayon pero sana tandaan natin na hindi po kasalanan o dapat ikahiya ang pagkakaroon ng COVID kasi syempre, kahit na anong pag-iingat ang gawin, nandyan at nandyan pa rin ‘yung panganib na makuha ito,” he stressed.
(This is how the surge has been, it has infected and is still infecting many, but let’s remember that it is neither a sin, nor a shame to have COVID because no matter how careful we are, the danger of contracting the virus is still out there.)
“Kaya dapat, sa tingin ko, doble-kayod pa rin tayong masigurong magpabakuna, makapagpa-booster shot dahil bukod sa dagdag proteksyon na nabibigay nito sa katawan natin ay nalalayo pa nito tayo sa malalang sitwasyon kung tayo man ay matamaan at mahawa,” he added.
(So I think, we should still work harder to ensure that we are vaccinated, as well as given booster shots, because aside from the added protection these give, vaccines also prevent us from experiencing severe symptoms if we happen to contract the virus.)