In an essay published on GMA News Online, i-Witness documentarist Howie Severino narrated his struggles and experiences as a COVID -19 patient in a piece entitled I am Patient 2828.
Severino said he spent nine days in the hospital with “a bout of pneumonia and a major scare.”
He also described it as the loneliest disease in human history, even comparing it to leprosy, “This disease is one of the most stigmatized and loneliest in human history, perhaps comparable only to leprosy where quarantine can be forever.”
For him, it is his responsibility as a survivor to tell his first-hand experience to further inform people about the coronavirus.
“Those of us among the pioneers — I’m Patient 2828 in the lower part of the curve – have a responsibility to talk about this experience in a way that will enable the public to understand it, lessen the fear, and create compassion for those who survived COVID-19.”
Severino reminded that we shouldn’t just believe that having Covid-19 will immediately equate to death, “COVID-19 need not be a death sentence. I am living proof. A combination of good fortune, physical fitness and competent medical treatment probably saved my life. Don’t believe all the statistics. One false impression is that the fatalities outnumber the recoveries, artificially bloating the case fatality rate.”
And lastly, Howie thanked the frontliners for helping him win his battle against COVID-19 and said they are the true heroes of this pandemic crisis.
“Frontliners are true heroes, but many more have chosen to stay out of harm’s way. One can’t blame them considering the risks and discrimination.”
ABS-CBN Broadcast journalist Karen Davila, Jing Castaneda, Rhea Santos and other journalists, celebrities and netizens sent him their good wishes for being able to conquer the COVID-19 battle.
— Jaemark Tordecilla (@FireQuinito) April 7, 2020
— Karen Davila (@iamkarendavila) April 7, 2020
— Ralph Calinisan (@ralph_calinisan) April 7, 2020
Beautifully written, please read it
Get well soon, Sir Sevhttps://t.co/EEsOV2V58A
— robcham (@robcham) April 7, 2020
— John Nery (@jnery_newsstand) April 7, 2020
Prayers for you Sir @Howieseverino!
— jules guiang 🇵🇭 (@JULESguiang) April 7, 2020
— Gretchen Ho (@gretchenho) April 7, 2020
— Rhea Santos (@MsRheaSantos) April 7, 2020
God bless you @Howieseverino 🙏🏼✨💕
— Pia Magalona⁷ (@piamagalona) April 7, 2020
— marga (@margadeona) April 7, 2020
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— carmela brosas (@kbrosas) April 7, 2020
— Joey Alarilla (@joeyalarilla) April 7, 2020