HLOMPHO Phokompe says her struggle with Covid-19 was painful but it taught her a lot.

The 34-year-old from Itsoseng, near Lichtenburg in North West, tested positive for the virus in August.

She told Daily Sun: “Getting infected taught me never to take anything lightly.

“I learnt to never say it won’t happen to me when I am warned about illnesses. I travel a lot for work but I always wear my mask and sanitise.”

Hlompho said she had a terrible headache that affected her sight and she lost her sense of smell and taste.

“To help me recover, I drank lengana and used red and white onions. I ate it and steamed with it,” she said.

Hlompho said after a week, her symptoms started going away. She said she was helped by her family to remain strong and positive.

“I am grateful for the people who showed me support when I needed it most, especially my family,” she said.

“I realised that some people are anxious about the virus and won’t interact with you but a lot of people are starting to understand the virus better.”

She urged people to leave their houses only when it’s important.

“Let us restrict ourselves from unnecessary movements and gatherings. The virus is real. I encourage people to encourage those who have tested positive to remain positive.”