While there are no new cases of COVID-19 in Belize, the current patients are still in recovery mode. We caught up with patient #6, Nigel Espat, to check up on how he is coping. He stated that he has recently been swabbed for a follow-up test, and is awaiting the results. He also spoke on the physical and mental toll that the virus has taken on him.
Nigel Espat, COVID19 Patient Number Six: “Yeah I’m feeling very good now I believe I’m almost fully recovered. The symptoms have almost all disappeared, doing good overall. I was swabbed yesterday so I’m awaiting the results of that, usually I think it takes about forty eight hours so hopefully tomorrow I get an answer. You know all things considered it’s been fairly good. I’ve had a large amount of support. It’s actually been tremendous, it’s overwhelming the amount of people that are phoning and messaging. They’ve been very encouraging, actually quite uplifting it has been to cope with it. It takes a toll on you psychologically and emotionally but we try to maintain high spirits about it especially given the fact that I am cognizant of the fact that if I allow the anxiety to get to me it leads to stress, stress leads to a weakened immune system and then the virus can become opportunistic at that point and so because I’m aware of that what I’ve done is that I’ve tried to even though it is a burden to carry I try to keep a positive outlook. Initially when you get the report back that you have tested positive it is a shock it takes an extreme toll on you psychologically, it causes a lot of anxiety and what I told you in the first few hours I panicked and I think everyone might have had that same reaction. My advice is don’t panic. Don’t panic, try to work the problem, try to keep calm as best as possible, make sure that you’re hydrating properly, if you’re having any symptoms like coughing or flu to get the necessary help. The thing is if you panic then it will lead to something worse, the virus seems to want you to go down that road so that it can take advantage of you to weaken you and so although it is hard try to maintain calm and work the problem, address the symptoms and try to keep your health from deteriorating as best as possible.”
We attempted to contact patients #3 and #7 but were unsuccessful.