On her official Facebook account last Sunday, November 29, Aiko Melendez shared how she had a COVID-19 scare because of having symptoms related to the fast-spreading disease.
The actress began by thanking the Lord for healing her right away after being sick, while revealing she could no longer taste food at the time.
"Got a covid scare coz i had symptoms. Gma had me tested coz nawala panlasa ko only to find out I had tonsilitis," she said. "Thank you to my GMA family who took good care of me until i tested negative."
She began expressing gratitude to the GMA team around her for taking good care of her, starting with her Prima Donnas director Gina Alajar, whom she said was "like my 2nd mom on the set."
"[She] made sure to give me the proper meds and vitamins," she recalled. "Was telling direk na sana sya na lang step mom ko [...] coz alam Mo my Papa Jimi had a crush on her. I love you direk."
She also thanked the producers and the program manager for checking on her and easing her tension, while also thanking her Prima Donnas co-stars Chanda Romero, Katrina Halili, Wendell Ramos, James Blanco, and Mel Kimura for the prayers.
Aiko concluded her post by announcing that her COVID-19 test had a negative result.
"Negative Result! Tonsilitis kaya wlaa panlasa," she said. "[T]imes like this you'll know who cares for me. To my family who I caused Anxiety! Ok na ako, and dun sa mga tao na dapat andun for me Salamat nalang."
"You know me when you are sick you tend to be emotional," she added.
In another post, Aiko posted a photo during the time she thought she had the COVID-19 disease, narrating how strict the Kapuso network was when they discover one worker has symptoms.
"Eto ung araw na akala namen lahat me covid ako. Nawalan ng panlasa," she recounted. "Protocol is isolate ka agad sa set. That’s how strict GMA is kapag me symptoms ka. They made me wear PPE straight in my room until i got my test result which is negative."
She said she was immediately brought to the hospital for a swab test, which she described as "the longest 45 minutes of my Life."
"And what got me going was while i was escorted by the ambulance, back in the set they were all praying for me Led by Direk [Gina] Alajar," she said. "Since i did’nt have my mom on the set ,direk Gina acted as my mom gave me all the energy boosters."
Aiko said she shared her story because being in a lock-in taping is no easy feat.
"Everyday we pray for safety. Just to be able work and give our viewers what they deserve to watch comes risks also to our health," she said. "But my Lord is bigger than any of this scare! Im completely healed and surrounded with People who prays so hard. Salamat Lord! Im back negative! And ready to be Kendra again."
She concluded the post by revealing that Prima Donnas will have its last remaining set of lock-in tapings, saying she is not sure if there will be a Book 2.
"Buwis buhay episodes coming up!" she teased. "Like what ive said Times like these you'll know who's up for concern and up dedma [...] Atleast i know."
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