Former Batangas Rep. Vilma Santos Recto is getting plenty of rest to help recover from a bout of long COVID.
In a Facebook video, Santos-Recto shared that she already tested negative for COVID-19, but still endured the symptoms.
Known as the “Star of All Seasons,” the actress-turned-politiko gave an update about her health situation to explain her recent absence on social media.
“I’ll be frank. COVID got me at ibang klase po ‘yung COVID ko. Negative na ako pero ito po daw ‘yung tinatawag nilang ‘long COVID,'” she said.
“Kahit anong ingat na ginawa ko, nakuha pa rin ako ng COVID,” she added.
When she contracted COVID, the actress-turned-politiko revealed that she suffered complications such as asthma attack, fluctuating blood pressure, and headaches.
Doctors have advised her to take lots of rest to facilitate her recovery.
“Ang advice ng doctors sa akin: I really had to rest. In fact, up to now kailangan medyo rest lang muna because alam natin lahat na 35 years old na ko, di ba?” she said, before letting out a chuckle.
“Kailangan talaga extra ingat so I’m trying my very best to get back into the groove so pagbigyan ninyo muna ako,” she said.
The former lawmaker also seized the opportunity to appeal to the public, especially seniors, to take precautions against the virus spread.
“Please, please, COVID is still here at lalo na po sa mga katulad ko po na, sa mga kaedad ko na senior, you really have to be careful. Hindi po talaga madali. Maski ako nahirapan. I’m trying my very best still to get well at this point in time,” she said.
She also thanked her doctors for looking after her and her family.
Before ending her 3-minute video, Santos-Recto promised her fans that she will return to vlogging as soon as she recovers.
Prior to her COVID announcement on November 2, her last vlog was posted on Facebook on October 2.
Santos-Recto did not run for any elective post during the last May elections. Her stint as Batangas 6th District representative ended last June.
Her husband, former Senator Ralph Recto, instead joined the congressional race in their home province and won in the last polls.