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Kenyan in Germany narrates his experience after testing positive for COVID-19

Francis King Ajevi, 23, is a Kenyan national who resides in Mainz, Germany. He tested positive to the coronavirus on April 3, 2020, but has remained isolated in his apartment where he manages the condition. Ajevi says he started experiencing symptoms on March 23, such as headaches which he took a pain killer for, slight fever, and a cold, which he took lemon water for to manage. Two days later, his friend, with whom he had physical contact, showed similar symptoms, only that his were more severe.

“Only the cold and headaches were recurring symptoms for me. Though I developed general body weakness later but only for two days. Until then, neither I nor my friend suspected we had contracted the virus,” Ajevi said.

The student thought of it as maybe spring allergies or body reactions due to change of weather, given that Germany is experiencing fluctuating temperatures of between -1 to 11 degrees. After he was informed of his status, he was asked to stay at home since he lives alone, but the doctor did check-up calls on him every two days. The doctor never prescribed any medication to him since the virus isn’t curable but the symptoms are, and he had no complications whatsoever in breathing.

As of April 12, he was no longer in quarantine, but he still stayed home because he had to test negative twice before being given a clean bill of health. He said he quickly informed his close friends and neighbours of his situation for their safety and for their help in case he needed shopping, medication or anything. His friends cam in very handy with whatever he needed and he heeded the regulations set to curb the situation.

“They left whatever I needed at my doorstep and I’d refund the cost via online banking.”. He narrates his experience in the video below.

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Ajevi said it has never been clear to him when, how and from whom he contracted the virus, given he was in supermarkets, ATMs and trains. He said situations vary from one individual to another and patients react differently to the infection. One may or may not experience the same or different symptoms or even none hence being just a carrier.

“Not everyone’s case gets critical. It’s not as fatal as it seems or is thought of,” he said.

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