Sunshine Cruz confirmed on Wednesday, April 14, that she tested positive for the novel coronavirus.
The actress revealed her struggle with COVID-19 on Instagram, saying she was exposed and was diagnosed with the virus last March 27.
"When I got my RT-PCR result, I went through a denial stage. It took a while for reality to sink in. I thought I would be asymptomatic and would probably just isolate myself for 14 days to make sure that the people at home will be safe as well," she said.
"But here I am still isolated with symptoms after already taking different kinds of strong antibiotics and medicines," she added.
According to Sunshine, it had been more than two weeks since she first isolated at home. However, she can't leave her room just yet as she's still experiencing some symptoms.
"It’s my 20th day of isolation and as instructed by my doctor, I still can’t leave my room not unless my symptoms are gone. I have three kids and our kasambahays that I have to also protect from myself," she said.
She went on to remind her followers that "COVID is real", noting that though she has had the flu, fever, and cough, COVID-19 symptoms are nothing like what she's experienced before.
"I am still grateful and blessed that the worst is over," she wrote, adding that she is scheduled to take another swab test tomorrow.
"I am hoping, praying for a negative result. I am positive that I will test negative! Claiming it!" she said.
"Stay safe everyone, wear your masks, face shields and keep your distance, let us all do our part in being a solution to this very difficult pandemic we are facing. God bless us all!" she added.
It was just over the weekend when Sunshine revealed that she has undergone self-isolation after experiencing symptoms of COVID-19.
"I know I am on my way to recovery. Headache, body pain is now more tolerable, cough is not as worse, my sense of taste and smell have improved. I thank God everyday for I am slowly getting better," she said at the time, without directly confirming that she tested positive for the deadly disease.
Aside from Sunshine, her co-stars in the ABS-CBN series Bagong Umaga, Heaven Peralejo and Nikki Valdez, also recently announced that they were infected with COVID-19.
On Wednesday, April 14, the Philippines registered 8,122 more COVID-19 cases, bringing the country's total number of cases to 892,880—with deaths at 15,447—one of the highest caseloads in Asia.