Raymond Bagatsing, the older brother of Huwag Kang Mangamba actor RK Bagatsing, recently revealed that he had tested positive for COVID-19 earlier this month. The 53-year-old actor shared the news through a series of Instagram posts last April 23, which was also his first time to go outdoors since going into a two-week isolation at home.
Raymond, who starred in the 2019 film Quezon’s Game, posted his initial and current test results and thanked everyone who gave him moral support throughout the whole ordeal.
He wrote, “Got my Negative result. Thank you all for your well wishes and concern. I am touched and privileged to be connected with you all, even through social media. I am truly grateful for your love and friendship.”
In the same post, Raymond also shared what he did to help get himself better while doing home quarantine. “After getting a Postive, I called the Doctor, that it might be a mistake, because I feel strong. Maybe weak sometimes from caloric deficit and daily IF ( fasting ), but I don’t feel sick at all. Or I thought so, anyway.
“I asked Doctor how accurate is the Swab, because I fell alright. She said, it’ll just be the same result if I get another. So I trusted the process and did 2 weeks quarantine. Doctor advised, since, I am Asymptomatic, to be healthy and get my lungs stronger.
“Most times, when I work out hard and do not eat enough on that training day, I do feel my lungs weaken. I was also careful staying indoors most time unless, necessary to go out. Very minimal exposure. Could be when I went out of town, I didn’t eat much, depended on caffeine, over workout and less nutrition—that could be when I became susceptible.
“Regardless, I felt my body strong. One week into my quarantine, I did feel wheezing in my lungs. Intuitionally, I incorporated cold-pressed Malunggay to my daily diet. I still worked out heavily, but I ate more.
“Then I read that Moringa leaves strengthens weak lungs. I kept taking 1/4th cup daily with my protein and veggie shakes. I felt lungs strengthen.
“Also, a good friend mentioned when he tested Positive. He then went to get another test the next day. Negative. 2 days after. Negative. Then he got an Anti-body test. Negative.
M”oral of the story: from my experience, the psychological challenges far outweighs the virus itself or the result.
“Try to overcome the mind’s anxiety and fears. Know that it’s just a natural reaction, but not the entire truth. Our minds are so powerful that it can manifest anything if it truly believes. More so if it’s a misdiagnosis.
“Mind’s fear and negative reactions can make everything worse or better. It is a challenge, but one worth understanding.
“You are far more than the mind dictates.
“Aim to be still, relaxed and healthy. Reach out. Believe. Keep going.
Currently starring in the upcoming thriller Nelia with Winwyn Marquez where he plays a mysterious doctor, Raymond also urged his followers to keep their immune systems up and boost their health with citrus fruits, veggies, sun and overall health in another post.