He's grateful to be alive. And he wants to share his experience to warn others that Covid-19 is still out there and it can be deadly.
It started with slight flu symptoms but took a turn for the worst when he developed Covid-19 pneumonia.
Broadcaster and sports personality Robert Marawa has opened up about his coronavirus experience and the importance of seeking help as soon as possible when the symptoms worsen.
In a statement Marawa shared on his social media pages, he detailed his ordeal with Covid-19. He is still recovering.
“It is with great gratitude that I still find myself alive and able to address this personal matter publicly. I was recently diagnosed positive with Covid-19 and started strict self-isolation, while not taking any medically prescribed pharmaceutical medication.
“What started out as the flu-like symptoms we’ve all been warned about, quickly led to fulminant debilitating inexplicable fatigue without shortness of breath on day 8 of my diagnosis.”
He was then advised by a doctor to get the electronic device that measures pulse and blood oxygen concentration. His oxygen concentration dropped to 92 and he was immediately rushed to the hospital. Where his chest x-ray showed extensive pneumonia, he was later transferred to the ICU for high care and was there for a week.
“The medical professionals working tirelessly to revive my health concluded that the extensive level of Covid-19 pneumonia I had developed could have resulted in a far worse experience had I not sought medical intervention as soon as I did.
"The Covid-19 pandemic is real and it is something that my family and I have been dealing with. I, along many South Africans have lost loved ones and dear colleagues to this virus and as I make my way to full recovery, I would like to warn anyone who still taking this global pandemic lightly. The coronavirus is vicious on the body, it is a tough battle and I encourage you to take care of yourself and your loved ones by following all the protocols put in place.”
Read the full statement here: