Iza Calzado reveals how she fought ‘dark thoughts’ during COVID-19 ordeal

Image: Instagram/@missizacalzado

MANILA, Philippines — Iza Calzado admitted that besides fighting to recover in the hospital, she also had to keep “dark thoughts” at bay.

The actress said in a DZMM TeleRadyo interview with Karen Davila on Tuesday, April 7, that she was treated not only for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) but also a bacteria.

She was diagnosed with pneumonia prior to receiving her COVID-19 test results and has since tested negative for the infectious disease.

“You question are you going to pull through this, are you going to survive, is this your time? These are the thoughts that really will enter your head,” she said.

“You really just need to keep a hopeful, optimistic and faithful mindset to pull you through these times.”

Calzado said she was surprised at how seriously ill she had become. “When they told they wanted to take me to ICU, it was a complete shock to me. I couldn’t believe it.”

“I felt I was a healthy human being, and then what is this, ICU, intubation. The doctor said if this is COVID, it’s gonna be fast.”

‘I was battling two things’

Before being admitted to the Asian Hospital and Medical Center in Muntinlupa, she said she had been sick for a week.

“It really started from the dryness from my throat, I pushed my body hard, I will not deny it. I was working hard for two months and working out hard as well,” she said.

“The next day I started coughing and by the evening of that Friday, I already had a slight fever which kept progressing.”

Calzado said she avoided taking antibiotics and did vitamin drips, but she lost her appetite and had diarrhea.

She also did not want to take a COVID-19 test at first. “I was too dyahe (embarrassed)

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Duran Duran bassist John Taylor recovering from COVID-19

MANILA, Philippines — English band Duran Duran’s bassist John Taylor revealed on Monday he that tested positive but is recovering from  the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

Taylor, in a post via the band’s official Facebook page, shared he was “feeling okay” after testing positive for the virus about three weeks ago.

“DEAR FRIENDS OF MINE after giving some thought to this, I have decided to share with you that I tested positive with the Corona Virus almost three weeks ago,” Taylor wrote.

DEAR FRIENDS OF MINE after giving some thought to this, I have decided to share with you that I tested positive with…

Posted by Duran Duran on Sunday, April 5, 2020

“Perhaps I am a particularly robust 59 year old – I like to think I am – or was blessed with getting only a mild case of Covid 19 – but after a week or so of what I would describe as a ‘Turbo-charged Flu’, I came out of it feeling okay- although I must admit I didn’t mind the quarantine as it gave me the chance to really recover.”

As he shared words of encouragement to those affected by the virus, Taylor also expressed excitement to return in performing on stage.

“I am speaking out in answer to the enormous amount of fear being generated by the pandemic, some of it entirely justified, and my heart goes out to everyone who has had to deal with real loss and pain. But I want to let you know that it isn’t always a killer, and we can and will beat this thing,” Taylor said.

“Cannot wait to be back onstage again, sharing new music, love and joy. Stay safe, stay connected and get creative!” he added.

Taylor is a member of Duran Duran, formed in the 70s,

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Singer Christopher Cross positive for COVID-19: ‘The worst illness I’ve ever had’

Image: Facebook/@ChristopherCrossOfficial

MANILA, Philippines—American singer Christopher Cross announced Friday, April 3, that he has contracted the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

Cross wrote in a Facebook post, “I’m sorry to report that I am among the growing number of Americans who tested positive for [COVID-19].”

Dear Friends, I’m sorry to report that I am among the growing number of Americans who tested positive for the COVID-19…

Posted by Christopher Cross on Friday, April 3, 2020

“Although I am fortunate enough to be cared for at home, this is possibly the worst illness I’ve ever had,” he said.

He  also reached out to people who believe that the infectious disease is a “hoax”

“My advice to you is to understand right now that this is a deadly illness spreading like wildfire throughout the world.”

To prevent the further spread of the virus, he called appealed to the public to stay at home and follow guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“Wherever you are in the world, let’s all be kind to one another. Only if we work together can we defeat COVID-19,” Cross concluded.

The Grammy award-winning singer is known for ‘80s hits such as “Sailing” and “Ride Like the Wind”.

American music artists who have been stricken with COVID-19 include Sara Bareilles and Pink.


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