In his latest YouTube #BitoyStory series, actor and comedian Michael V., also known as Bitoy, announced that he tested positive for the coronavirus disease on Monday, July 20.
Along with his announcement, he also shared with his viewers his journey, from his suspicion of contracting the diseases to isolating himself to protect his family.
According to the 50-year-old actor, he experienced flu-like symptoms the last time he tried to vlog.
“Siyempre nag-isolate na kagad ako, nag-quarantine na kagad ako. I took medicine nagpa-check up ako sa doctor online. I got better the following day,” he said.
Experiencing COVID-19 symptoms early on, Bitoy said he had a weird sensation on his nasal area and lost his sense of smell and taste.
“Feeling ko at this stage, na nawawala yung lasa dito nila nawawalan ng gana kumain kasi parang hindi kumpleto yung ginagawa mo pero hindi mo maamoy and hindi mo malasahan and yet kailangan mo kumain para malabanan mo yung virus so kain lang,” Michael V. said.
He received the results of his COVID-19 on his 8th day of isolation. He called the hospital to confirm if he really tested positive.
“SARS-CoV-2 (causative agent of COVID-19) viral RNA detected so it’s positive, right now fever na lang yung loss of smell na-re-regain ko na siya,” he said.
Bitoy said he is still in the process of completely fighting off the disease.
“So that’s it. Positive. Just as we suspected early on,” he said.
Bitoy is among the few celebrities who caught COVID-19. (READ: Pinoy Celebrities And High-Profiled Individuals Who Were Tested Positive For COVID-19)
As of Sunday, the Philippines has over 67,000 COVID-19 cases.