Around 10 days ago, Sunitha Upadrasta developed a mild headache. Although she took a paracetamol tablet, the pain persisted. She later developed body pain. And that’s when she decided to get tested for the Coronavirus.
“I did not want to take any chances,” explained the singer. And the report showed that she did indeed have COVID-19. She revealed that she did not panic on hearing the news, though she was worried about her mother, who had also tested positive. “My son (22) and daughter (18) were Coronavirus-negative, but since my mother tested positive, we were in home isolation,” she shared.
The family was in constant touch with doctors she said, adding that the doctors, her aunt and her sister helped her overcome the illness.
“What I understood is that you can win this battle only through willpower, and if you are stable emotionally,” explained Sunitha. She said she continued with her daily routine of breathing exercises, and did steam inhalation, drank a lot of fluids and gargled to facilitate the healing process. “Eating fresh and healthy food is as important as having sound sleep,” she added, and noted that the Coronavirus had taught people the importance of a healthy lifestyle.
“Thankfully, I never had outside or junk food. In fact, whenever I go out, I carry my own food. So my way of living helped me to quickly overcome the virus,” stated Sunitha, who has sung chartbuster numbers like Ee Velalo Neevu, Chivaraku Migiledi, Vayassunami, Nee Illu Bangaram, Noonugu Meesalodu, etc.
Her children undertook household chores and sanitised the rooms, and people in their apartment complex were also very kind, Sunitha said, but expressed concern over reports of others who were diagnosed with COVID-19 being ostracised by society.
“That’s an even bigger problem than the virus itself,” she said. “We don’t know whether we will be treated in the same way in society, even post recovery. It’s good to be vigilant, but do not treat those with COVID-19 as untouchables,” she stressed, appealing to people to stand united. Sunitha’s message is — “Don’t panic, but at the same time, don’t be complacent. The disease can drain you mentally if it gets to you.” The singer signs off saying “I am counting my blessings.”