The Sunday Mail
I started feeling unwell on July 17 after giving a lift to a colleague who was sick.
From that Friday, I had headaches, my joints were painful and I started feeling cold and that headache persisted.
On Sunday, July 19, I decided to visit a doctor.
The doctor suspected food poisoning.
He gave me some antibiotics for the stomach. I could not eat, I had lost appetite and food became tasteless for me.
A week later, on Friday July 24, I went back to see another doctor, who immediately suspected that I could have contracted Covid-19.
My body temperature was too high. It was about 39 degrees. He took me into the treatment room and had to put oral medication through the cannula.
That helped me a lot because my body temperature dropped. He recommended that I get tested. So he prescribed seven tests, including a Covid-19 test.
My family took me to West End Clinic, but they refused to attend to me saying they wanted to see Covid-19 results first.
The laboratory said I could only get the results within 24 hours. I had to go to a private laboratory and it cost me US$60 for the Covid-19 test only.
Results came out positive.
I accepted the outcome.
My family and friends came together and started assisting me.
They decided that it was better to keep me at home.
I have been taking ibuprofen, paracetamol, lemons, garlic and ginger, among many other concoctions I cannot tell you off-hand. Currently, I am still isolating.
My wife only comes in to bring food and disinfect the room.
I communicate with my family through the window. My health has improved a lot.
As of today, I can actually go out, take a stroll, come back and then rest without any problems.
I can now spend about two to three hours outside without any challenges, even though I sometimes feel dizzy.
Basically, I feel very strong with all the support I am getting from my family.
As for the health fraternity, I have not seen anyone coming to check on me, even on my family, who are my contacts. Maybe one day they will come. Otherwise only my son, who is a doctor, has made regular checks on me.
So I think I am happy about my condition because I am managing now.
Luke Nyanga is a member of the Harare Metropolitan Police VIP protection. He works in the Mayor of Harare’s Office. He was interviewed by Gender and Community Editor Fatima Bulla-Musakwa.