Nollywood actress Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde has opened up on her COVID-19 journey and how she Infected her kids with the virus.
The 42-year-old filmmaker made this known while addressing her colleagues on the popular filmmakers’ WhatsApp group, Filmic. A debate had risen on the group on how Nollywood can adhere strictly to the health guidelines of COVID-19, before reopening productions
Sharing her experience, Omotola Jalade noted that it all started after she, who hardly falls ill, left a set and started feeling funny. She decided to wait to see how she’d fair but by the second day, it got worse and when she decided to test, it came out positive.
“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 chill 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,” Omotola narrated.
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Imploring her colleagues on safety in unity, Omotola Jalade said, “Please this thing is real and we must come together to find the safest way to work and protect ourselves. 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”