Papua New Guinea Justice Minister and Attorney General Bryan Kramer has been tested COVID-19 positive. He released the following statement.
I TESTED POSITIVE FOR COVID19
Late last week, following news of a number of fellow colleagues testing positive to COVID19 and reports of new cases throughout the country, I took a COVID19 test.
By the afternoon, I received the message that my test was positive.
I immediately went into home self-isolation.
At the time of the test I had no symptoms. But the next morning, flu like symptoms began to appear. I woke up feeling light-headed and by midday had developed a mild headache and fever. By the evening, the symptoms had increased to a dry cough and muscle pain. The headache and muscle pain intensified by day three.
By day four the headaches and muscle pains began to subside.
I now feel a little light-headed but I am on the road to recovery.
The most unpleasant experience contracting Covid19 for me has been muscle and lower back pain as well as the headaches, which made it difficult to sleep.
I was fortunate to have a very mild case of COVID19 which did not require hospital care. Many of my fellow MP’s have experienced far worse, a few being hospitalised and the worst cases ending up in ICU for weeks.
With no medical treatment for Covid19, whether or not we recover, are hospitalised or die, will come down to the health of our immune system.
If you contract Covid19, the only home remedy is a lot of rest, staying hydrated (drink a lot of water, ginger & lemon tea), taking paracetamol to treat fever, eating healthy food (vegetables and fruit) and having a daily steam session. But this is not a cure, and will only help if your reaction is mild and your immune system is strong.
There are serious concerns around misinformation and public stigma towards those who may become infected with the virus.
Yes, you can get seriously ill and even die from Covid-19. You are most susceptible if you are in poor health, diabetic or obsese (overweight), all of which can lead to a weak or compromised immune system.
If you, members of your family, or your friends fall into these categories, then you need to take COVID-19 seriously by protecting yourself, your family and your community from contracting it by wearing a mask at all times, using hand sanitiser and avoiding crowds.
If we work together, and take simple precautions, we can protect the most vulnerable in our communities. Stay safe.
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