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Filipino family in Oklahoma, USA lives through COVID19

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BACOLOD CITY, Negros Occidental, Philippines – Two Filipino nurses and their three children survived the COVID19 infection by isolating themselves at home in Oklahoma City in the United States and by following doctor-prescribed measures to manage symptoms.

The father, Carlo Sales, is a native of Murcia town in this province, and had just survived a rare form of leukemia or blood cancer last month.

Carlo, in an online interview with DNX, said the infection started with his 24-year-old son, Mark, who works as a model for a clothing line.

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Mark could have been infected during a modeling shoot by the photographer who also tested positive.

The eldest son went home to Carlo’s house and infected Angelie, the wife of Carlo, and their two daughters, Veronika and Charlize.

Carlo and Angelie, both nurses, were advised by their physician to not check into a hospital, especially with Carlo’s compromised immune system.

“We stayed at home and acted like a normal family…we even celebrated Mark’s birthday but just the four of us,” Carlo said.

Carlo, Angelie and their children stayed in separate rooms and doctors prescribed medicines for their symptoms.

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They also bought respirators to be used in case of breathing problems.

All of them, except for Veronika, showed symptoms ranging from fever, general weakness and body pains.

Carlo believes, however, that a positive mindset is important in facing a health emergency like COVID.

“If you panic your brain fogs and you will get confused or you will not know what to do,” Carlo added.

For more details, watch the DNX interview with Carlo Sales below.

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Julius D. Mariveles
Julius D. Mariveles
An amateur cook who has a mean version of humba, the author has recently tried to make mole negra, the Mexican sauce he learned by watching shows of master chef Rick Bayless. A journalist since 19, he has worked in the newsrooms of radio, local papers, and Manila-based news organizations. A stroke survivor, he now serves as executive editor of DNX.

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