Her story began when she tested positive for the virus after her coworker came to work with glaring symptoms – runny nose, headache, coughing, sneezing – for four days, infecting employees in that Government department in Road Town, Tortola.
She said while she did not share an office with the coworker, they used the same resources in the office and were in close contact.
“I am upset because the symptoms were there; when you come, and you are sneezing, coughing, your nose is running, you shouldn’t come to work,” the employee shared.
She said she never thought her coworker had the virus, but she eventually got tested, and it was confirmed that the symptoms were actually that of the virus. A few days later, the entire office had to be tested for the deadly virus, and she, along with others, tested positive.
“I did not expect anything different if someone was at the office and tested positive,” she said.
She added, “I wanted to beat someone from day one because if you are sick, you shouldn’t pass it on to other people. Knowing that you are sick and you are passing it to others intentionally it is not a good thing! So I was upset, I wanted to choke somebody. I’ve been upset; it took me a little while to relax myself, praying and asking God for direction; that helped a lot.”
“I cannot tell you when I contracted the virus because I never felt sick apart from a little cough, but it wasn’t anything like I never had a cough before, so I didn’t see that as me having COVID-19. Even after I tested positive I didn’t feel pain. I lost my sense of smell, I couldn’t taste, I never felt hungry, but that only lasted for two days. I also had a slight headache on one side of my head,” the senior government worker stated.
“From my experience, I have learnt that one, they sent us home to die because everybody got tested, and we were sent home.”
She said they were told by the authorities that they would be in touch and would be sending them a symptom check list and a quarantine order.
“I never got those,” the woman stated.
“Everything I find out about the disease is on my own, and what I found out is you have to stay away from cold stuff while you are sick; you have to do your best to not drink cold water or cold juice, only at room temperature and hot teas. Because COVID-19 is something that loves the cold.”
She said persons should be proactive and boost up their immune system with vitamins, and stock up on their local bush to use as daily teas.
“If you want to survive this, you have to be proactive; you have to treat yourself so that it goes away, if you don’t treat yourself, you might go six feet under,” she warned.
“Even before they told me that I was positive, the fact that I did the test, I decided to be proactive, and I gathered all the bush that I know that is good for certain things, and I started drinking.
I would do it twice a day, in the morning and in the evening, and before I went to bed, I made sure to steam my face, and I do that all the time," she recalls.
She added: “I continued to drink bush tea every day, different things every day, and I would go out in my garden for at least 20 minutes in the sunlight. That probably helped too. I also boosted up my vitamins, and I take them twice a day.”
Despite having the virus, her family members did not contract the virus, and when she retested on July 17, when she received the results on July 20, she tested negative and is now back at work.
“I am vaccinated in Christ, I am a child of God, and my God promised to protect me, never to leave me, nor forsake me. I will not be vaccinated because I don’t think it’s the right thing for me,” she said.
She clarified that her decision was a personal promise she made with God, and it has nothing to do with conspiracy theories.
“I believe in God, and I believe God is going to take care of me, and he’s going to protect me through it, and he has already done it, so I don’t see no reason why I have to take the vaccine.”
She said she has no issues with others wanting to take their jabs as it was a personal decision, but she doesn’t want to be forced to take it.