Earlier today, COVID-19 survivor Iza Calzado shared with Preview that she will be donating her blood to the Philippine General Hospital to help the patients who are still recovering from the coronavirus. “I’ll do PGH first since it is the government hospital and the COVID-19 center, so I’ll go to them first hopefully next week. That’s why I’m trying to be as healthy as I can,” she shared with Preview's editor-in-chief Isha Valles during the Facebook Live session held this afternoon, April 9.
On April 3, the Philippine General Hospital announced that it is looking for COVID-19 survivors who are willing to donate their blood, which will be used for experimental treatment for patients suffering from severe symptoms of the disease.
Dr. Jonas Del Rosario told ABS-CBN News that the hospital is looking into convalescent plasma therapy. “Now we thought about this because in the past, convalescent plasma taken from a person who has recovered from an infection and contain neutralizing antibodies were found to be helpful in other pandemics,” he explained.
Iza Calzado tested positive for COVID-19 last March 26, the seventh day of her hospital stay. It took her a week to recover from the disease, a short period considering that the doctor had told her it would take around 10 to 14 days to recover.
It’s been nine days since her release from the hospital, and Iza has slowly been recuperating at home. “I’ve been taking a lot of supplements at the moment. Everything to keep my immune system up,” she shared during the FB Live session.
Aside from sharing her struggles in her fight against the disease, Iza also shared helpful tips, such as prioritizing healthcare and recovering from home as much as possible because hospital bills unfortunately tend to be too costly.
Although she shared that she’s feeling much better now, she is taking it easy by not pushing her body too much. “Now, I listen more to my body even kanina [during my Zumba class],” she said, pointing out that dancing was one of the things she wanted to do after recovering.
Finally, if there’s one thing that sums up what she's learned about health after her experience against the coronavirus, it’s this: “Love your body for the way it works, not the way it looks,” Iza shared.
Watch the entire interview here to learn more about Iza’s journey to recovery.