MANILA - What she thought was a simple sore throat ended up as the earliest symptom of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
Twenty-four-year-old Kelly Abagat, a student in Berlin, Germany, shared that she first felt the symptoms on March 14, a day after she returned from a school trip in Brussels.
At first, she thought it was nothing but a simple sore throat, given that she loves drinking cold beverages and eating sweets.
The following day, she had persistent headache.
"Sobrang ang sakit po (It was too painful), it's not the usual headache that I used to have," Abagat told ANC.
She then woke up early the next day feeling hot. Thinking it was just because of the heater in her room, she checked her temperature.
"Na-feel ko na po na it's kind of a feeling of fatigue. So I got my thermometer and the thermometer read 38.1," Abagat said.
(I felt that it's like fatigue. So I got my thermometer and the thermometer read 38.1)
Living alone in Berlin, Abagat said she panicked a little when she saw her temperature. She them immediately went to a testing center to have herself tested.
After three days, she learned that she tested positive for COVID-19. But since she only has mild symptoms, she was advised to just stay at home, take paracetamol for her fever, and boost her immune system.
"Here po kasi if you have mild symptoms lang, they're recommending you to just stay at home so that's what I did po," Abagat said.
"The doctor just told me to boost my immune system and not panic," she also said, adding that her doctor did not prescribe any medicine.
Abagat officially recovered last Sunday, based on a post on her Twitter account, where she also shared her experience.
As a COVID-19 survivor, Abagat said it helps to stay optimistic and connected to people even she had to be kept in isolation.
"It's not just a physical battle eh, it's also a battle of psychological and emotional na rin. Kasi the fact that I'm alone and even if my friends are here with me, they can't visit me po kasi kailangan isolated ako from everyone else," Abagat said, adding that she kept in close contact with her family and friends through technology.
She also said it is important to follow government protocols to prevent the spread of the disease, since any one can get sick.
"It can really happen to everyone," Abagat said.
As of Thursday, the Department of Foreign Affairs said there are 448 confirmed COVID-19 cases among Filipinos overseas.
Of this number, 14 overseas Filipinos have died, while 121 have recovered.