Maureen took to Instagram @mauwrob to reveal that she has been ill for some time and that she initially didn’t want to share her condition but decided to go ahead to be able to spread awareness.
“I was tested positive for COVID-19 and I’ve been in home quarantine for two weeks. It has been a very scary experience and it has most definitely taken a toll on my mental health,” the model wrote.
She followed this by stating that she is already in good condition, grateful to be alive and she learned a lot from the experience.
The Asia’s Next Top Model winner continued sharing that scary moment in her life, saying, “I should never let my guard down at a time like this, to trust my gut instincts and also that the only person you can really trust is yourself. You can’t rely on other people to keep you safe. Sometimes not even the people closest to you, friends that you think will always have your back. You really have to protect yourself because there are people out there who don‘t care if you get infected.”
Maureen advised that everyone should be vigilant as the virus could be caught easily, to always wear mask and face shield and to tell people to do so, to practice safety protocols like social distancing, to boost the immune system “with lots of Vitamin C, B and D” and to stay at home if it’s not necessary to go out.
“I am very lucky to have only had mild symptoms but there are enough people out there who aren’t as fortunate. Think about your parents or grandparents who are at a higher risk of getting severe symptoms. Not everyone you see outside has a strong immune system and may even have other medical conditions. Please be responsible when you go out and protect yourself first in order to protect others! Stay safe and healthy everyone,” she concluded.
As of yesterday, the Department of Health disclosed on their website that there is already a total of 416,852 COVID-19 cases in the country with 1,791 new cases, 328 recoveries and 55 deaths.