Miss Universe Malaysia 2020 'shaken' when told she had Covid-19

Photo credit to Facebook - Francisca Luhong James Official page.

PETALING JAYA: Miss Universe Malaysia 2020 Francisca Luhong James has shared how anxious she felt when she tested positive for Covid-19 and her experience in recovering from the disease.

The 25-year-old took to social media to share her personal journey from being told she had Covid-19 and how she had coped with it.

"When I received the result, I realised 'Gosh, I guess it was my fault'.

"I did everything – I wear masks, sanitise (and) wash my hands, but it happened.

"The best way to solve it is to accept it and follow the standard operating procedure (SOP) of what to do next," she said in an Instagram post on Wednesday (Jan 20).

The post was accompanied by images of her test results and her time undergoing home quarantine.

She recalled her anxiety on learning she had Covid-19, adding that she was "shaking" when she received the news

"I didn't know what to do, I called my mum and dad, I was so afraid to tell them because I know how worried they will be.

"But they managed to calm me down and asked me to follow the SOP," she said, adding that she also informed Miss Universe Malaysia Organisation national director Datin Elaine Daly.

Francisca, from Kuching, said that she then contacted the Health Ministry and was advised to undergo home quarantine as she was asymptomatic.

"It was scary to receive the result because I was all okay – everything was fine, I had no fever, but a slight back pain and a bit of flu, but other than that, all was good," she said.

For the past two weeks, she added, she had been self-quarantining and informed her close contacts, whose tests came out negative.

"I checked mine after 10 days of self-quarantine and it was negative," she said.

She thanked her Instagram followers for their positive messages and support, stating that she felt much better.

"It wasn't a good way to start the year but every challenge will strengthen the mind, body and soul.

"Care for your loved ones, stay at home if you have nothing important to do outside.

"Wear a mask, avoid handshakes and sanitise and wash your hands," she said.

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