Model-host Maureen Wroblewitz said she tested positive for COVID-19, describing it as a “very scary experience” that took a toll on her mental health.
While she initially wanted to keep her health status private, she decided to go public with it to raise awareness on the need to stay vigilant against the virus.
“I was tested positive for COVID-19 and I’ve been in home quarantine for 2 weeks. It has been a very scary experience and it has most definitely taken a toll on my mental health,” she said in an Instagram post on Friday.
Nevertheless, she shared that she is feeling much better now and more importantly, “grateful to be alive”.
She didn’t say how she got infected but she readily admitted that the experience taught her a lot of lessons, including to never let one’s guard down because a pandemic is still going on.
“You can’t rely on other people to keep you safe. Sometimes not even the people closest to you, friends that you think will always have your back. You really have to protect yourself because there are people out there who don‘t care if you get infected,” she lamented.
The former winner of Asia’s Next Top Model then urged followers to not only strictly observe health protocols but also take a proactive stance by reminding others to do the same.
“Make sure to always wear a mask & face shield wherever you go (if you see people who aren’t wearing them properly, kindly advise them to do so. Nose and mouth both need to be covered by the mask and the face shield shouldn’t sit on top of the head either — be extra careful because you never know how long someone’s been wearing their mask already) practice social distancing and boost your immune system with lots of Vitamin C, B, and D.
“If there is no reason to go out, stay home! I am very lucky to have only had mild symptoms but there are enough people out there who aren’t as fortunate. Think about your parents or grandparents who are at a higher risk of getting severe symptoms.
“Not everyone you see outside has a strong immune system and may even have other medical conditions. Please be responsible when you go out and protect yourself first in order to protect others! Stay safe and healthy everyone ❤️.”