Claudia Henkel on 'excruciating' Covid-19 symptoms

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  • Former Miss South Africa Claudia Henkel tested positive for Covid-19.
  • "My body hurt to a degree of excruciating pain; it felt like I couldn't even walk. I knew something was wrong," Claudia tells Channel24.
  • About her symptoms, she says: "Symptoms vary. I have a sore throat, my body ached, and I had a headache that felt like my head was going to explode."


Former Miss South Africa Claudia Henkel tested positive for Covid-19.

Claudia made her diagnosis public on Instagram, saying: "This is not a sympathy video," urging people to wear a mask, and take the necessary safety precautions to protect themselves and the people around them.

"I need people to take this seriously. My video was not a sympathy video; it was an awareness video. Because I am the most cautious, and I got it," Claudia tells Channel24.  

Speaking to Channel24, she says: "Tuesday morning I woke up at 02:00 to give the babies a bottle and I felt absolutely fine, but when I woke up again at 07:00, I couldn't get out of bed."

"My body hurt to a degree of excruciating pain; it felt like I couldn't even walk. I knew something was wrong," she says.

After sharing her symptoms with her family, Claudia's father suggested that she take a Covid-19 test, as well as her two children and sister. Claudia's young children and sister tested negative.

She says: "I've been self-isolating in my room. It's been challenging. The fatigue makes me sleep a lot. I'm sleeping days away." 

About her symptoms, she says: "Symptoms vary. I have a sore throat, my body ached, and I had a headache that felt like my head was going to explode. My temperature hit 39. I had incredibly sensitive skin, even if I got goosebumps it hurt. I had discolouration of my hands."

Now on day seven, Claudia says that although the pain has started to go away, she is still battling a cough.

Self-isolating has also caused tremendous strain on her emotional and mental wellbeing, says Claudia, who recently returned to a corporate position at Hisense. 

"I have not hugged my twins in seven days. I can hear them downstairs, playing and crying for mommy. And I can't comfort them. My sister Nicola has been amazing, and she has taken over completely. They understand, and the psychological aspect is very hard. But I am doing it for the right reasons."

Claudia says that Christmas will mark 11 days since her diagnosis, but she is still unsure whether she will be able to spend the day with her family.

She goes on to urge South Africans to practice good hygiene, wear their masks and to socialise in small groups. "You'll have many opportunities to have fun again, just during this second wave be responsible," she says. 

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