The Bachelor SA contestant Jacqueline Ramos-Pinto has shared her experiences with contracting and recovering from Covid-19
The season one participant went public with her positive tests results earlier this month, and whilst she is still in isolation, the fashion & beauty entrepreneur claims she is doing much better.
Speaking to All4Women, the 30 year-old brunette beauty gave an update on her health: “The chest pains have subsided, but difficulty breaking and extreme fatigue.
“Something like sweeping my bedroom floor is now difficult. Emotionally it’s hard on a person, it’s been difficult.”
Jacqueline’s 83 year-old bed-ridden grandmother – whom she was isolating with when they both contracted the illness – has also been left feeling worst for wear.
“My granny has definitely taken this a lot harder than I have. She has been in and out of hospital. She’s very very weak.”
Both Jacqueline and her grandmother experienced symptoms like respiratory and digestive issues including nausea, an upset stomach and becoming easily dehydrated. Jacqueline also claims she experienced a painful skin sensation, dizziness and brain fogginess.
The pair did not contract a fever however.
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With all the questions, concerns and uncertainty surrounding COVID-19 I have taken the decision to announce that I have tested positive and that I will be documenting my own personal journey. My aim is to always be as open and honest as possible with all of you. I believe that by sharing our experiences, both pleasant and unpleasant, we allow others the same opportunity and often the courage to do so ? ? I hope that this will provide some insight into the virus and address concerns and fears that some of you may have surrounding it
Jacqueline has been very vocal about every step of her recovery
She revealed that whilst she does not know exactly where she picked up the virus, she suspects it could’ve been from touching a contaminated surface.
“I believe that I picked it up with contact or by touching a surface or product [that was contaminated]. I was abiding by all the rules, I didn’t know anyone who had Covid-19 and I was disinfecting everything I brought into my home,” she added.
Jacqueline also shared with her followers medications and homeopathic recipes she was using to relieve her symptoms; like drinking lemon ginger rooibos tea (check out her recipe below and others on her Instagram page), using an inhaler and stocking up on natural immune boosters.
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? I know that I’m not alone in feeling anxious about the Covid-19. Experiencing the symptoms first hand has not only been difficult physically, it’s also been difficult mentally & emotionally.? While you can’t guarantee that you won’t contract the virus what you can do is give your body what it needs to help boost your immune system and calm your nerves. This is my go-to-tea ☕️? ? ? Ingredients Of Honey-Lemon-Ginger Tea? • 3 Cups Water? • 1 tsp Ginger, finely chopped? • 1 Rooibos teabag ? • 1 tsp Lemon juice? * 1 tsp Honey? ? How to Make Honey-Lemon-Ginger Tea? * In a pan heat 3 cups of water.? * Before it begins to boil add ginger.? * Just as it starts to boil add the tea leaves, lemon juice and honey.? * Strain it into a cup and enjoy!? ? ?
She issued a stern warning to those becoming ‘complacent’ in the midst of the pandemic
“I think we’ve all grown complacent especially now with it being Level 3 lockdown regulations easing up a bit.
“I’m just a reminder to everybody that although the economy is opening up and restrictions are being lessened, it doesn’t mean that the virus is. It’s more dangerous now more than ever,” she said.
She also vowed not to change her lifestyle permanently – or as long as the pandemic is around – following her experience
“Moving forward I don’t see us ever going back to our normal lives as this is our ‘new normal’, which can get a person down.
“Simple things you would have done before like getting into an Uber, now to be concerned about who was sitting in that Uber, was the handle disinfected…small things like that are now big things.
“Disinfecting everything I touch, everything I bring into the home and keeping a social distancing are things I am going to continue to do”.
Right now she does not know when she will be able to hug anyone again – like her beloved gran or parents – but she does hope it’s in the not-too-distant future.
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’ ? Covid-19 didn’t hit me like I expected after having read so many articles about it. I was on the lookout for a dry cough or fever.? Instead, I developed sniffles, sneezing, body aches, a mild sore throat, night sweats and a terrible headache — sort of like the flu. It was mild until it wasn’t…suddenly, Flu on steroids. Even then I assumed I didn’t have Covid-19 because the symptoms didn’t match what I’d been reading about. After my granny fell ill and got tested positive, I got tested.? ? 2 days later…? Breathing became difficult, I experienced terrible chest pains, my skin on my chest and back felt like it was sunburnt or bruised. ? ? Although that has improved, i get out of breath really easily, sweeping my bedroom for example leaves me completely breathless and extremely tired. Still, I’m now relatively fine; lucky, even.? ? Here’s what I wasn’t prepared for:? ? ▪️The anxiety that came with getting tested. As I waited for the result of my test to come back, I wondered if I knew anyone who had Covid-19. I knew that If I had it, it meant that I had given it to my gran. Would she be okay? Was I careful enough? My thoughts turned to the elderly man that stood behind me in the Woolies queue the day before. Had I given it to him too? ? ? ▪️My granny, struggling to recover from a virus that I gave her. Reminding myself that it wasn’t intentional doesn’t help ease the guilt.? I felt depressed. How did this happen, my relatively high caution wasn’t enough to keep me or my loved ones from catching Covid-19.? ? ▪️I’d like to assume that everyone reading this is taking seriously all the Covid-19 precautions: being good about social distancing, washing your hands often, following the recommendations to stay home and not gather, even if it feels safe. If you aren’t, I beg you to start.? ? ▪️It’s not completely clear when or how I will be declared 100% well, when I can safely hug my family and friends, when I can be around them without a mask. A brilliant doctor I trust, who is working on Covid-19 cases, told me that although we are advised that it is 2 weeks…some patients retested after 18days were still covid positive.