MANILA – The nature of health care workers’ job put them at risk of acquiring any communicable disease, including coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19).
In an emotional Facebook post, Caras-Torres revealed that she is Philippines’ patient (PHP) 194.
“Ngayon lang ako natakot. Napaiyak ako. Hindi pa ako handang mamatay (I have only been afraid now. I cried. I am not yet ready to die),” she said.
The identities of Covid-19 patients in the country were not disclosed by the Department of Health (DOH).
In its Covid-19 tracker, the DOH merely described PHP 194 as a 42-year-old female from Quezon City.
Caras-Torres said she thought she only had Chikungunya, a viral illness transmitted by mosquitoes until she realized that she was infected with Covid-19.
She said she had repeated high-grade fevers, unusual headaches and body malaise, and loss of appetite.
“Hindi ko akalaing tatamaan ako agad. Nagsi-simula pa lang ang gyera nun, casualty na ako (I never thought I would get infected. The battle has just started, and I am already a casualty),” Caras-Torres said.
Caras-Torres said it was a struggle for her that she has to fight Covid-19 and at the same time, keep her sanity.
She said that for now, she has to isolate herself from her four-year-old child and parents who are senior citizens.
“Kailangan pa ako ng anak ko. Sasabak pa ko sa giyera (My child still needs me. I still have to fight this battle),” Caras-Torres.
Caras-Torres hoped that the Covid-19 pandemic would soon end, considering that four of her colleagues already died due to the infectious disease.
Ako si #PH194. Mabuti nang sakin nyo direktang malaman, kesa sa tsismis. Hindi ko akalaing tatamaan ako agad….Posted by Drgrace Caras-Torres on Sunday, March 22, 2020
She also prayed for the recovery of all the people who are infected with Covid-19.
“Sana matapos na ito. Sana gumaling na kami. Sana wala nang mamatay (I hope it would end. I hope we will all recover. I hope there will be no more casualties),” she said.
“Salamat pa din sa lahat ng taong tumulong at nangamusta. Too many to mention. Mahal ko kayo. At Diyos ko, maraming salamat po at buhay pa ako at ok ang pamilya ko (I also thank those who helped me and asked me about my condition. They are too many to mention. I love you all. I also thank the Lord that I am still alive and my family is still okay),” Caras-Torres added.
There are now 462 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in the country, with 33 deaths and 18 recoveries. (PNA)