By Adesoba Toluwalope
Nollywood actress, Zainab Balogun, says she knows at least 15 persons who have died from coronavirus complications.
Balogun made this known while disclosing that she tested positive towards the end of 2020.
The ‘Royal Hibiscus Hotel’ actress in an interview with the PUNCH ‘Saturday Beats’ , on January 16, 2021, said she was shocked to see her results.
She said, “I was extremely shocked when I got the results. I was convinced that I didn’t have COVID-19 but decided to take the test in solidarity with a friend who was not feeling well. I assumed the symptoms I had, such as a cough, were related to my seasonal asthma and allergies. The coronavirus was the last thing I thought I had.”
Zainab stated that she was away from her family during the Christmas and New year festive period. She said, “After testing positive for the virus two days before Christmas, I immediately isolated myself from my family. Thankfully, they all tested negative.
“It was really a lonely experience without normal interactions. I spent Christmas and New Year away from my family, and that was very hard,” she concluded.
Recall that the actress had revealed her results on Thursday, December 24, 2020. She revealed her symptoms which includes; ‘chills, aches, heavy head, cough and a slight tightness in the chest’.
Balogun added that she decided to spill out her results because she wants people to take the virus more seriously. She said, “I am familiar with the nonchalant attitude that many people still have about the virus. There are too many talks of it not being real.
“I want to lend my voice to clarify some of those rumours and encourage people to take the pandemic seriously. I know of at least 15 people who died from COVID-19, and that changes my perspective greatly.
“Unfortunately, people often fail to believe until it hits close to home. COVID-19 is not fake. The number of people dying is not fake. The numbers in the morgue don’t lie.
“The virus has no preference for rich or poor. It is neither malaria nor a simple cough/cold. We have a responsibility to ourselves and families to be safe and take things seriously. We should not wait for it to get close to home.”