UK-based veteran Nollywood actress, Victoria Inyama has revealed that she contracted COVID-19 from her kids.
Speaking with Punch, Inyama shared that her COVID-19 symptom was sleep paralysis. She further shared that it made her value the essence of life.
She also said her doctor described her experience with the novel virus as ‘Long Covid’ which is a situation whereby the patient deals with the effects of the virus for weeks or months.
In her words:
”I have learnt how to appreciate every second because life is so fragile. My experience of COVID-19 was sleep paralysis— that feeling of being conscious but unable to move or even speak due to very painful breathing and tightening of the chest. That is the moment when most people (who have the virus) die. It is a bit like choking on one’s air supply.
I was still positive as of the time l left the hospital last week. My doctor says l am now dealing with ‘Long COVID’, which is the term used to describe the effects of COVID-19 that continues for weeks or months. I wish people would be serious with their health. It is important to wear a mask, avoid gatherings, wash hands regularly, and avoid hugging or standing closer than two feet.
One of my kids contracted it in school. And, while l was trying to care for each of them, l got it too. We all tested positive, so l guess they were mentally ready.
Our government made the mistake of reopening schools which made this wave of the virus spread so fast from the children to their parents. No amount of precautions could have helped parents like me. I also feel the Nigerian government is not safeguarding the people.”