Evangeline Carrier, a Filipina nurse from Florida, took a job at a hospital in Northern California just before the COVID-19 pandemic, and soon tested positive for the novel coronavirus when the outbreak began.
Carrier opened up about her painful experience, and encouraged others to take whatever safety precautions they can to avoid being infected.
“I look on a positive side that having this disease is like you can contribute more and do more. You can be more efficient to help these people who are getting sick, being sick. Maybe I can help people, maybe I can donate plasma. I can take care of my patient well, maybe give them advice.”
Meanwhile, the Florida department of health reported nearly 10,000 new cases of coronavirus on Wednesday.
The Sunshine State now has 224,000 coronavirus cases with close to 3,900 deaths – making Florida the new epicenter of the pandemic in the U.S.. The test positivity rate is above 14 percent for more than a week now.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis issued an executive order to extend the ongoing state of emergency for another 60 days.
While DeSantis refused to issue a state mask order, he said the key to curtailing the virus is for vulnerable people like the elderly to self-isolate themselves and for the rest of people to wear masks and social distance themselves when in public places.