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Filipino-Australian tests positive for COVID-19, says “I’m doing fine”

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Following yesterdays announcement of three Filipino-Australians that tested positive for coronavirus, Liza Di Blasio has shared with The Philippine Times her experience.

“I’m COVID-19 positive and doing fine” says Liza.

Liza continues to recover from the initial symptoms she experienced. “It seems COVID-19 already dissipated as I have no more symptoms unlike the first time with high fever and chills,” she said.

After testing positive for the coronavirus, Liza was directed by medical professionals to remain in self-isolation at home for at least two weeks, as required by the Victorian Department of Health.

Liza states, “I’m still in isolation for the next few weeks so I don’t spread the virus to the community.” It is unknown where exactly Liza contracted the virus. Liza has not had recent travels overseas or interstate.

Based on her first-hand experience, Liza has provided the following recommendations: “If anyone feels any of these symptoms: sore throat, body aches, fever and chills, coughing. Please dont hesitate to go for COVID-19 test. You can go to any major hospitals and coronavirus testing centres all over Melbourne. Isolate yourselves while waiting for the result. If the symptoms worsen go the hospital immediately as this virus can be fatal in other cases.”

Liza Di Blasio is the President of Give Love Inc, Community Development Manager of Western Union, and the Assistant Treasurer of FCCVI (Filipino Community Council of Victoria).

Liza is an active member of the Filipino community, having been involved with fundraising efforts for underprivileged children in the Philippines, as well shown support for Filipino bushfire victims during visits East Gippsland.

Two other confirmed cases

Two other Filipino-Australians from various South Eastern suburbs in Melbourne have contracted the virus. All three cases, including Liza have informed their workplaces, families and those who were in close contact with them. Some of their friends and family members have been tested negative.

The other two confirmed cases are also at home in self-isolation and have continued to recover in recent days. They have requested for their personal details to remain private, especially while they focus on their full recovery.

See: Three Filipino-Australians tested positive for COVID-19 in Melbourne

Confirmed cases in Australia continue to surge

As published yesterday by ABC News, the current rate of confirmed cases in Australia continues to grow by 20-25 per cent a day. Based on projections, between 1 to 2 million Australians could be infected by the end of April.

National Coronavirus Helpline

If you are sick and think you have symptoms of COVID-19, seek medical attention. If you want to talk to someone about your symptoms first, call the Coronavirus Health Information Line for advice.

The line operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week: 1800 020 080

For more information, please visit the Department of Health website.

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