In a YouTube video uploaded on Monday, Kapuso star Michael V. shared that he has tested positive for the coronavirus (COVID-19) disease.
The veteran comedian fondly known as Bitoy opened up that he has been experiencing flu-like symptoms, which is why he decided to take a swab test. He also lost his sense of taste and smell.
His previous vlog was able to capture his first day of showing symptoms such as cough and nasal congestion.
“Nakaka-praning dahil dito siya sa may nasal area. Kung may virus diyan parang ang lapit sa utak… Sabi pa naman nung iba masustansya yung utak ko, mataba yung utak ko, baka pag piyestahan nung mga virus eh,” Bitoy managed to joke.
He added that his movements since the pandemic began were minimal.
“My wife is coming with me and she will have herself tested din. Most of the time naman naka-isolate rin siya from my kids. Nakakainis lang isipin na parang ang lapit lapit nila nasa kabilang kwarto lang yet di mo sila mayakap, di mo sila mahalikan,” he said.
Prior to his swab test, the funnyman turned emotional and admitted he felt bad but he is hoping everything will be okay.
The Bubble Gang mainstay was able to document his five-hour experience for the swab test at the hospital. He shared that the procedure cost him more than P12,000.
On Day 8 (July 18) since he developed symptoms, he got an email from the hospital confirming that he is positive for COVID-19.
Unlike the previous days, Bitoy appeared calm as he received his diagnosis.
“So, that’s it, positive. Just as we suspected early on. Alam kong hindi normal na nawala yung pang-amoy ko, counting na may kinalaman talaga sa COVID.
“So, I was also praying na sana wala, sana allergy lang, but it turns out yun nga. Itutuloy nalang natin ang mga sinasabi sa atin, ano kailangan gawin. We’ll get through this.”
Bitoy also shared that he is self-isolating at home while he battles the illness.
“We’ve been through worse. Sobrang namimiss ko lang pamilya ko,” he ended.
Watch the full video here:
Bitoy is one of the showbiz personalities who went public with their COVID-19 diagnosis.
Actors Christopher de Leon, Iza Calzado and Sylvia Sanchez, as well as journalist Howie Severino were previously afflicted with the virus.