One week after experiencing fever, cough, and diarrhea, Wowowin co-host and comedian Donita Nose (real named Ogie Solano) confirmed he has the COVID-19 virus last July 27, Monday. The popular comedian confirmed the news three days after being admitted to the hospital.
Solano shared that the result of his COVID-19 swab test came out positive and shared the news with his social media followers through a Facebook Live session last July 24. “Actually, kinakaya ko pa ‘yung one week na may fever, may ubo, pero kaninang umaga, paggising ko, may slight na akong hirap sa paghinga. Sabi ko, parang hindi na maganda,” he said.
Solano also shared how he felt stigmatized by neighbors who saw health workers escorting him into an ambulance. “Ang hirap kasi nang susunduin ka ng ambulansya sa bahay niyo, tapos pagtitinginan ka ng mga kapitbahay mo. Sinundo ka ng may naka-PPE. Alam na nila ‘yun. Pero huwag kayo mahiya, kasi hindi naman ito nakakahiyang sakit, e. Hindi natin gusto ‘to. Walang may gusto nito. Talagang kung tatamaan ka, tatamaan ka,” he said.
After contracting the disease despite observing all the hygienic and social distancing practices, Solano reminded his followers to just stay at home when possible. “Huwag niyo gawing biro ‘yung paglabas-labas. Kahit sa mall, kahit malalayo sila, huwag talaga. Kasi ako, alam ko ‘yung mga precautions na kailangan gawin — malayo ako sa mga tao, pero ito, tinamaan. Ang hirap. Doble ingat kayo talaga. Kung hindi niyo naman kailangan lumabas at mag-mall, huwag na talaga. Huwag na. Huwag niyo nang hintayin na maranasan niyo ‘yung nararasan dito ng mga pasyente,” he warned.
During his FB live session, after giving his viewers a look at the emergency room where he was being isolated, Solano shared that he was still the 20th person waiting to be admitted to a room. “It’s hard. Mahirap, kasi mag-isa ka lang dito, so kailangan mo maging strong. Pero kaya. Laban lang ako… Mahirap ‘yung pagdadaanan. It’s a long process. Pero kaya ko. Alam ko sa sarili ko, kaya ko. I’m asking you guys for prayers.”
He also thanked his friends who helped bring him to a hospital, “May times na alam mo kung sino ‘yung kaibigan mo, na kahit hindi ka humingi ng tulong, tutulungan ka talaga nila,” he added.