Alex Gonzaga tested positive for COVID-19.
In her latest YouTube vlog, Alex revealed that she, parents Carlito and Pinty, assistant Sophie, and fiancé Mikee Morada tested positive for the coronavirus.
The actress-host shared her two-week quarantine on her vlog, detailing her realizations and her struggles.
She said in the beginning: "Why am I sharing this to you? Because I've been sharing all the highs in my life.
"I shared with you our Christmas together, our New Year, my engagement. I've been sharing with you all the highs in my life.
"Pero it's also nice if I can share with you the lows."
How it spread in their home
Alex admitted that the cause of the COVID "outbreak" at home had to do with "recklessness."
One of their companions at home was craving for a certain dish.
"Nagyaya siya, nawala lang siya ng ilang hours. Pagbalik niya, siguro doon niya nakuha iyong COVID," Alex said.
The first person to be infected with the virus was Mommy Pinty, who was "positive asymptomatic" or didn't exhibit any symptoms.
Later on, Alex's dad Carlito got infected. He was positive asymptomatic as well.
Alex, Mikee, and Sophie had "mild symptoms."
wedding day postponed
Alex began documenting her journey on her third day of quarantine. She was visibly in tears in the video.
At that moment, Alex had just realized the repercussions of their ordeal. Effectively, all of their "family plans and life milestone" were put on hold.
Alex said in the video, fighting tears, "Tina-try ko ngayon kausapin si Lord. Sobrang nasira lahat ng plan ko ngayong October.
"Gusto ko ikasal ngayon kasama yung family, konting friends... [pero] Dahil sa walang kakwenta-kwentang bagay, nagkaroon kami ng COVID.
"Kailangan ko baguhin lahat ng plan ko... Gusto mo ikasal, pero hindi ka naman puwede. Gusto mo ikasal, pero ito yung nangyari so parang hindi mo alam kung itutuloy mo pa o hindi."
Alex felt devastated as well to miss out on her new TV project.
"May show ako dapat. New show. Kasama dapat ako sa new show, sa noontime. Hindi rin ako naka-attend, so malamang for the next two weeks, dito ako sa bahay."
First test result
The following day, Alex received confirmation that she and her dad Carlito were positive for COVID-19.
This time, Alex was much calmer and was much more accepting of her situation.
She mused, "Masama yung loob ko nung time na iyon kasi madami kang plano, madami kang gusto gawin... Kahapon sobra ko na iniyak because sobra na ako nag-question sa lahat.
"Iniisip ko na hindi naman ako nagdala ng COVID dito, pero parang bakit ako yung sobrang affected?
"And then I talked to Mikee. Ayaw ni Mikee umiiyak ako nang ganoon because, of course, we're still blessed na hindi naman ganoon kalala yung sitwasyon sa amin.
"Our symptoms are manageable so far, in Jesus' Name..."
Alex then emphasized how important it was to be careful and to be mindful about one's actions, especially during this pandemic.
"Once ka lang magtanggal ng mask, once ka lang magpabaya, ang dami mo puwedeng apektuhan."
For those two weeks of isolation, the family dubbed their house as "COVID house."
Alex said, "We really have to do quarantine, bawat isa. Nagkaroon po kami ng mga plastic [cover] sa bawat kwarto para hindi kami nakakalabas."
They also wore face masks and face shields when they do go out of their rooms. The house staff members who tested negative wore PPE suits.
When it came to symptoms, Alex exhibited almost all of it. She was feeling weak; had slight fever on the second day, sore throat, loss of appetite, clogged nose, loss of taste.
Alex said Mikee felt the same.
The actress turned vlogger mentioned as well that all of the people she came in contact with had been tested and got negative results. This included her sister Toni Gonzaga, her husband Paul Soriano, and their son Seve.
Road to recovery
Despite the loss of appetite and sense of taste, Alex made sure to continue eating her meals. She also drank water as much as possible and drank her vitamins and supplements.
Every morning, Alex would also sit by her window to get some sunshine.
During the day, the actress would do Bible study with Mikee through video call. Her parents did the same with Daddy Carlito standing in the hallway and Mommy Pinty staying put in her room.
On her second week of quarantine, Alex had enough energy to attend Zoom meetings.
"Dahil nga medyo maganda na pakiramdam ko. Nararamdaman ko yung energy... medyo ano ko na lang ngayon ay mabilis ako mapagod. Konting kibot, hingal na hingal ako.
"Okey lang naman daw iyon. It's part of the recovery."
On her tenth day in quarantine, Alex took a moment to thank the Lord. She said in her video, "Nasenti lang ako ngayon. After my quiet time, I realized na we're very blessed kasi una sa lahat, my parents were asymptomatic. Wala sila naramdaman.
"Ako lang yung medyo maganda yung akin. Nagkalagnat, nagkasipon. Napakabuti ni Jesus kasi I feel it within me that we survived COVID...
"Kaya we are very blessed na na-survive niyo iyong COVID. Natalo niyo. 'Tapos na-realize ko na hindi naman namin ito matatalo ito kung, of course, kami lang ito ng family namin.
"God healed us na hindi naramdaman ng mommy ko, ng parents ko yung lala ng sitwasyon even if they're senior citizens.
"Ako, one day lang ako nahirapan talaga. But, you know, we prayed about it and we are healed.
"Ngayon ko lang parang—nag-dawn sa akin na patapos na kami sa laban ng COVID and we survived it and we are the lucky people who did."
The quarantine had also helped strengthen the faith of Alex and Mikee as a couple.
Second test result
After 14 days of quarantine, Alex, her parents, and the whole household took swab tests.
The following day, Alex received the good news that they had tested negative. Mikee had also tested negative.
Alex reminded her subscribers once more to be "extra, extra, extra careful."
She said, "That's why I'm showing you guys this to let you know that you can survive COVID. Kaya niyo. Huwag kayo mag-panic.
"And if ever man hindi niyo nakakayanin, consult your doctors. As much as possible, you have to really take good care of your body.
"You have to boost your immune system kahit nasa loob lang kayo ng bahay. Drink vitamins, drink calamansi... always have gargle ng salt and water kung wala kayo bactidol. And also, you have to rest para maging okey katawan niyo."
Alex pointed out that it would be best practice to immediately go under quarantine when one person in the house is confirmed to be positive.
"Bottom line, it made me realize na, in this pandemic, we should stop thinking about ourselves. We should really start thinking about other people.
"It's not about you, it's about the people around you. Para mas maiwasan natin makahawa at mas maiwasan natin ang magkaroon ng kaguluhan ngayong pandemic."
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