BUBBLE Gang creator and Kapuso actor Michael V happily announced in his latest “Bitoy Story” vlog that he has finally recovered from COVID 19.
In a video Bitoy uploaded recently, he shared his situation after his quarantine days.
“Sa ngayon, tapos na ‘yung quarantine ko and masasabi ko okay na, naka-recover na. (As of now, I have been through quarantine, I am okay, and I have recovered).
But prior to this, his family were alarmed when one of his children experienced symptoms of COVID 19 like fever and diarrhea.
The Bubble Gang star said, “Unfortunately, bago natapos ‘yung quarantine ko, ‘yung isa kong anak naman ang nagka-fever at nagka-diarrhea na kung hindi alam nung iba sa inyo ay dalawang ‘yun symptoms ng COVID.” (Unfortunately, before my quarantine was over, one of my children suffered from fever and diarrhea and these are symptoms of COVID)
“Magkasama sila ng iisang kuwarto, pero ‘yung kapatid niya walang symptoms. Kaya, siyempre, hindi na naman naming malaman kung paano niya nakuha ‘yun.( The two share a room, but the other sibling had no symptoms. So we didn’t know anymore where he got the symptoms.)
Michael said by God’s grace, the symptoms were gone and we hoped he only experienced stomach flu, although he isolated himself and tested and came out negative of COVID.
In the same vlog titled “FAN ART,” Bitoy extended his thanks to all the frontliners, who, he considers heroes while bravely performing their duties in the midst of this pandemic.
In relation to this, he allowed a sneak peek into his art he himself painted to show the struggles of our medical frontliners.
He also appealed for help for all the medical frontliners because, unlike those we see in the movies and on television about super heroes, they have no “power.”
He explained that it was his way of extending his thanks to all our healthcare workers and along with this, he also called on all our countrymen that “even superheroes, at one point, can be defeated by the enemy.”
“Ang mga medical frontliners po natin ay hindi superheroes, wala po silang superpowers kaya kung puwede lang po sana huwag natin sila hayaan matalo.” (Our frontliners are not superheroes, they have no superpowers so let us not allow them to be defeated), says Michael.
He repeatedly appealed for help for them and reminded all to take extra care and follow the law, the protocol to contain the increasing number of COVID cases.
Bitoy also gave tips on his vlog for all those who could be possibly infected with the disease so they could recover immediately.
The first tip he gave was to avoid stress and emphasized that it is best to consult a doctor and not to self-medicate.
“At ang pinaka-importante, kumunsulta sa doctor! ‘Yung sitwasyon ko puwede kapareho ng sitwasyon niyo, pero hindi ibig sabihin magkapareho tayo ng paraan ng paggaling.(And the most important, consult a doctor, My situation may be the same as yours, but it doesn’t mean we have the same healing procedure.)
He also shared that one of the lessons he learned is to avoid stress, it’s sad, it’s true you will think a lot, but a as much as possible, he said it is important to have a positive attitude.
In the latter part of his vlog, Bitoy Story 30: Level Up, Bitoy admitted that he and his family are still puzzled as to how where he acquired the disease.
He shared that it could have been from the deliveries. He explained: “Marami pa rin nagtatanong kung saan ko nakuha ‘yung virus, so let me tell you what I think.
“Noong early July bumiyahe kami sa Batangas at kahit bahay-kotse-bahay lang ‘yung naging sistema namin papunta at babalik, siyempre, ‘yun agad ang pumasok sa isip ko. (Early in July, we went to Batangas and even if our system was just house-car-house only while going there and coming back, those were the things that came into my mind.)
He recalled that in that trip, there were only three people who came near me, and all of them were tested negative. Our four helpers were tested also tested and only one was positive but asymptomatic. Compared to his wife and children, he was the one who was not in close contact with any of them. “My wife and my children were all tested negative, so it means, I didn’t get it from Batangas,” he narrated.
“Ang duda ko deliveries, pero FYI lahat ng deliveries na dumarating hindi nakakapasok sa studio na hindi sina-sanitize. (I think it’s from the deliveries but FYI, all the deliveries cannot just get inside the studio without being sanitized.)
At that time, there was a delivery but as he was so excited to complete his studio, he felt there was an online delivery he opened and used what was inside the package immediately that he forgot to sanitize it. That could have been the way for the virus to penetrate his body and that was it.
Bitoy also lamented that behind his struggles as a COVID-19 patient, his family experienced harassment. He sadly shared the stigma they are experiencing after having been positive with the virus.
“Nakakadagdag din sa sakit ‘yung ‘stigma’ sa mga COVID patients, para kang tinatakan ng reject ng lipunan, Kahit naka-full PPE [personal protective equipment] ka iniiwasan ka ng mga tao, kinatatakutan, pinandidirihan.
“Ang masama ‘yung iba hinihiya at hina-harass ka pa. Hindi ko na lang idi-detalye, pero kami mismo ng pamilya ko naka-experience kami ng harassment.”
The Kapuso comedian-actor said that we might be facing a hard time because of this corona virus disease, but he still sees the beautiful things it has brought into our lives.
He mustered, “Somehow, there are good things this COVID has brought into some of our lives: we know ourselves better, we learned our strength at weaknesses, you came to know your partner more, and your family have become even closer to each other.”
“Kung marami ang napulot doon sa huling vlog ko, I still think it’s worth the shot,” Michael ended.