Filipino-German model Maureen Wroblewitz took to Instagram last Saturday, November 21, to reveal that she tested positive for COVID-19 and is currently recovering.
At first, the Asia's Next Top Model winner wanted to keep her diagnosis private, but changed her mind as she wanted to help raise awareness.
"I was tested positive for COVID-19 and I’ve been in home quarantine for 2 weeks. It has been a very scary experience and it has most definitely taken a toll on my mental health," Maureen began writing.
"I am much better now and I am grateful to be alive. This experience has taught me a few things. That I should never let my guard down at a time like this, to trust my gut instincts and also that the only person you can really trust is yourself," she went on.
Maureen said that having the fast-spreading disease taught her a big lesson about not relying on other people.
"You can’t rely on other people to keep you safe. Sometimes not even the people closest to you, friends that you think will always have your back," she said.
"You really have to protect yourself because there are people out there who don‘t care if you get infected. Please be vigilant as you can catch the virus so easily." she added.
She reminded her followers to always follow safety protocols such as wearing a face mask and face shield, strengthen their immune system and, as much as possible, remain at home.
"I am very lucky to have only had mild symptoms but there are enough people out there who aren’t as fortunate. Think about your parents or grandparents who are at a higher risk of getting severe symptoms. Not everyone you see outside has a strong immune system and may even have other medical conditions. Please be responsible when you go out and protect yourself first in order to protect others! Stay safe and healthy everyone," she said.
In another post, Maureen expressed gratitude for the support given by her followers after her announcement, while reminding them to always verify news being shared on social media.
"There has been a lot of fake news/threads going around. Covid-19 is no joke!" she told them.
Maureen is best known for being the winner of the fifth season of Asia's Next Top Model. She is the first Filipina to win the competition.
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