MANILA - Senator Juan Miguel Zubiri said he is slowly getting used to his condition after he tested positive for the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
Zubiri said he has been in isolation for a week.
"Mag-isa lang po ako, I'm all alone. Since Wednesday hindi ako nakalabas ng kuwarto, naka-lock lang po ako dito. Ang style po, magdadala lang sila ng pagkain sa labas ng kuwarto ko, kinukuha ko lang po. Pagkatapos kong kumain, ilalabas ko na lang po ulit sa labas. Dito lang po ako, nanonood lang ako ng TV," he narrated.
He also said the hardest part about his condition is the fact that he cannot spend time with his wife and children.
"Nakakalungkot talaga. Noong nalaman ko na positive ako noong Lunes, naikuwento po 'yan ng aking asawa sa aking mga anak and siyempre, nag-iyakan po sila. 'Yung pinakamaliit kong anak, 'yung 5 years old, tumakbo dito sa pintuan, sumisigaw silang ganyan," Zubiri said.
"Nag-iyakan po kami kasi siyempre, gusto ko talagang mayakap 'yung aking mag-anak. 'Yan ang pinakamalungkot sa lahat," he added.
Zubiri said he still considers himself lucky since he only has mild symptoms.
"Pero masuwerte pa rin tayo kasi slight lang 'yung aking sintomas. Imagine 'yung iba, 'yung critical po ngayon. Sila 'yung pinakakawawa. At sa bilis po ng tama sa ating ibang mga kababayan, sila talaga nakakaawa. Pag-alis nila, pagpunta nilang ospital, hindi na po sila minsan nakakalabas ng buhay," he said.
When asked about what food and medicines he was advised to take, Zubiri said he eats whatever is given to him, and he supplements it with a lot of multivitamins and food supplements given to him by friends.
"Mayroon po kaming balcony so ang ginagawa ko po, nagpapaaraw. Importante rin po magpa-araw kayo lalo na kung gusto niyong tumaas ang resistensiya ninyo, 'yung vitamin D galing sa araw," Zubiri narrated.
Zubiri, likewise, apologized to the public for getting "special treatment," saying he and some friends have already raised P10 million to buy COVID-19 test kits which they will donate to hospitals in the metro.
"Nakakalungkot kasi maraming bumabanat sa akin ngayon online, sinasabi nila na special treatment si Migz, bakit siya pina-test, asymptomatic naman. Pasensiya na po, mga kababayan. I'm very, very sorry for that. Babawi na lang po kami. Mamimigay po kami ng libre po na 'yun. 'Yan po ang pagbawi namin," he said.
Zubiri said he will get tested again in a week to make sure that he has recovered.
The senator earlier placed himself under voluntary isolation after a resource person who attended a hearing in the Senate tested positive for COVID-19.
Senators Nancy Binay and Sherwin Gatchalian, who both attended the said hearing, earlier tested negative for the virus.
Several senators have also placed themselves on self-quarantine, and have been scheduled for swabbing.