By Vangelis Haritatos| The last few weeks have been the toughest in my life. I thank God for saving me and giving me the strength to fight an evil virus that has ravaged the world over.
After His Excellency President Mnangagwa announced that the late National Hero Honourable Minister Shiri had passed on from COVID-19, I decided to put myself into self-isolation, a decision that I made for the safety and security of all those who work with me and my family. Sadly, I too tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. It was not an easy fight to overcome but I thank God for blessing me with the family that I have. My beautiful wife and pillar of strength nursed me from the start. She ensured that I ate, took my medication, continuously hydrated, and most importantly that I stayed in a positive state of mind. My children, although afraid, never once showed me their fear, but instead would make sure that they remained strong for their daddy. My parents, mother-in-law, brother, sister, and brothers-in-law were superb in providing the support when I most needed it.
My 76 year old amazing father continued to run the businesses along side my supportive mother without a hiccup or challenge. I remember messaging my coordinator to tell him the bad news, my message started with “please do not worry, but unfortunately I have tested positive for COVID-19.” He too was amazing by taking care of all constituency issues without a problem. Our family doctor was truly unbelievable. I owe him my life. I am truly blessed to have the most amazing people around me. I love my family very much. I prayed hard sometimes several times a day. My prayers were not so much for me, although when I did I prayed for the strength to fight this virus, but more that I prayed to God that my family and those who had come into contact with me whilst I was infectious did not also contract this evil virus. I am so grateful to the Almighty, not one of my family members tested positive. You may ask why I didn’t pray so much for myself, and this is because I knew that my work on Earth was not complete. I knew that I still had to serve my people, fulfill my National duty, and make the difference through the mandate that was given to me. At 34 I still have a whole life to live, and I still have many years ahead of me to make a difference in this world, more importantly for our beautiful country.
To fight the evil virus, I took Zithromax, Vitamins B, C, D, and Zinc. Even now I still take all my Vitamins and Zinc daily.
Fortunately I tested negative 2 weeks ago today and started work at the Ministry on Monday. I am still quite weak, and this gets worse as the day progresses. The virus feels like something evil has entered your body. I knew exactly when it left my body when it did.
This virus is real. We need to fight it by following the guidelines that our Government has given us which is inline with the WHO. I followed everything to the comma and full stop, but I made one mistake, and that one mistake resulted in me contracting the virus. All it takes is one simple mistake, so you should be extra careful and do not take anything for granted. Before I got sick I heard the saying that treat everyone as a potential threat, and that is exactly the case when it comes to this deadly virus. Do not take your mask off when talking to people regardless of who they are. Protect yourself, protect your family, protect your friends, protect your colleagues, protect us all and help stop the spread of COVID-19.
God Bless you all.
Stay healthy and stay safe.
I am back…