WHEN the country was hit by Covid-19, Angela Dlokova took precautions not to contract the virus.
But despite her efforts, the 34-year-old midwife at Dr Yusuf Dadoo Hospital in Krugersdorp, Gauteng contracted it.
Before she got infected, Angela never left the house for any other reason except work.
“I did my shopping online. I used to leave my slippers and gown in the garage and when I returned from work, I changed in the garage before entering the house.
“I don’t give my children hugs before I take a bath. I had to educate them about the deadly virus and why I couldn’t touch them before taking a bath,” said Angela.
She told Daily Sun being separated from her two children, aged four and seven, when she contracted the virus affected her psychologically.
“I wasn’t aware of any symptoms until I tested positive. I then realised I couldn’t smell and taste food. I took the Covid test as part of routine and was at home whenI received a call that my results came back positive. I feared for the lives of my children,” said Angela.
“Immediately after the call, I retraced my steps in the house and used a detergent to clean the surfaces I had touched. My children temporarily lived with my mother-in-law during my isolation.”
Angela said both her kids and husband weren’t infected.
“During my isolation, I began to record my daily thoughts in a journal and made a memory box for my children. I also had a lot of beauty sleep,” she said.
“I haven’t stopped taking extra precautions to protect myself and my family. The virus has taught me the importance of family and being physically and emotionally present for family,” she said.
Angela received her vaccine in April. She said she chose to ignore the rumours surrounding the vaccine and did research herself.
Angela began her career in 2014.
She said she has always been passionate about interacting with people, showing compassion and helping others.
She said when she left her home village in Dinokana, near Zeerust, North West to stay with her relatives in Joburg, she was exposed to a number of careers and nursing stood out for her.
“It was a bit traumatic seeing sick people when I started with my practicals. I learnt that patients were lonely in institutions and enjoyed interaction. I developed a love for dealing with mothers and children. I also educate teenagers about early pregnancy,” she said.
“I’d like to urge the public to stop spreading fake news surrounding the virus and the vaccine and to never let down their guard because Covid-19 is deadly and is still very much with us.”