The coronavirus pandemic has been everyone’s biggest nightmare of 2020. Having hit Pakistan in March this year, infection rates witnessed an all-time high in May and June, with numbers eventually dropping in July, August and September. But before we knew it, cases climbed up once again in October, with the nation now witnessing a second wave of Covid-19. Frontline workers are doing the best they can to contain the virus from spreading even further, with government officials, renowned celebrities and health experts urging people to avoid big gatherings, practice social distancing and continue wearing masks. Unfortunately, many Pakistani celebrities have also contracted the coronavirus infection ever since its first outbreak in the country. Here is a lowdown of the stars and their experiences of battling the deadly disease:
- Saheefa Jabbar Khattak The latest celebrity to have tested positive for Covid-19, Saheefa shared the news with her Instagram followers earlier this week. Taking to the photo-sharing platform, she wrote, “Covid positive,” she wrote. “Send little love, prayers and flowers our way,” added Khattak. The model, however, is in high spirits and her isolation period is not over yet. We wish her a speedy recovery!
- Jawad Ahmad The singer was diagnosed with the coronavirus infection last Sunday. His wife, Mehreen Jawad confirmed the news to various media outlets, adding that he is currently quarantined at home and is taking all precautionary measures. Mehreen revealed that while she showed some symptoms too, she tested negative in the PCR test. Previously, Ahmed requested his fans to follow the standard operating procedures (SOPs) in order to keep themselves safe and curb the spread of Covid-19. He also urged everyone to not fear too much and act sensibly.
- Usman Mukhtar In late October, the Sabaat actor revealed that he had tested positive for the coronavirus. Sharing the not-so-happy news with his fans, he wrote on Instagram, “Guys I’ve tested positive for Covid-19. Thankfully I have also tested positive for having awesome people like you to pray for my health.” He added, “Please keep me in your prayers and safe space. This isn’t over yet.”
- Farwa Kazmi Kazmi’s Covid-19 diagnosis became a controversy in itself, for many claimed she had contracted the virus after attending designer Hussain Rehar’s solo fashion show last month. Instantly snubbing the allegations, the model responded to the backlash with, “I am very well aware of my responsibility towards others.” When Kazmi broke the news to her followers, she disclosed, “I am COVID positive. Everyone who has been in touch with me or Ali in the past week, please quarantine yourself. All those with cough, body-aches and headaches but no fever, please get yourself tested. I had delayed it thinking it was a seasonal cold, but it was not.” She also went on to add the list of symptoms so people can be more aware of the virus and know when to get themselves tested. A few of them included loss of smell, taste and appetite, intense nausea, cough, severe headache and body pain.
- Alyzeh Gabol Taking to Twitter, Gabol announced the unfortunate news with her friends and followers. “Tested positive for Covid-19 earlier today. Started with high temperature but having mild symptoms now, Alhamdullilah I’m fine and stable. I’ve isolated myself at home, hoping for a speedy recovery InshAllah,” she wrote in early October. Gabol has completed her quarantine and fully recovered now.
- Ameer Gilani November beginning recorded a large number of coronavirus infections, with the acclaimed actor falling prey to the same. “Do you know when we quarantine ourselves?” Gilani asked in a video. “When our Covid-19 test result comes out positive and mine has,” he revealed. “It has made me lose my sense of smell and taste. So I’m quarantining myself in my room,” he added. Gilani confessed that it is a really difficult time for him and his family. A day later, he posted an update on his Instagram story, which read, “Guys I am so overwhelmed and blessed to have so many prayers and messages coming in. I want to acknowledge each and every one of you individually but that would be a little difficult. The posts, the DMs, the comments, wow! Love each and every one of you!”
- Bilal Maqsood In June this year, the Strings front man revealed he had tested positive for Covid-19. The vocalist and guitarist took to Instagram as he was conducting a Q&A session with his fans. Bilal was responding to a query by a fan, who was inquiring about Anwar Maqsood and their whole family. Responding to the question, Bilal mentioned that he had contracted the virus and was on the road to recovery, adding that the rest of the family was doing well.
- Abrar Ul Haq The ace musician posted on May 31 that he had indeed tested positive for corona. He tweeted, “My corona test came positive, I am home quarantined, however, InshaAllah I will keep performing my duties through Skype as a Red Crescent and Sahara worker. Please pray for me and all those fighting it.” Haq has been spreading awareness about the virus since and helping multiple charity organisations too.
- Sakina Samo In June, Samo mentioned that she had contracted Covid-19. However, her experience was not very pleasant when it came to people making stories regarding her health. Taking to Facebook, she clarified the misconceptions, writing, “A so-called journalist was bugging me all day yesterday. I refused to take his call or reply to any message. I did not want to talk about my health and so on. Well, long story cut short I blocked him on WhatsApp. He kept calling and calling. And then this happened.” Samo stated that she was following a two-week isolation to recover.
- Amir Adnan The Pakistani designer shared his experience with his Instagram followers. “As soon as you detect any of the Covid symptoms, please isolate immediately and get tested. I took steam for 10 minutes followed with salt and hot water gargle six times a day. Drank hot green tea with ginger and honey at least 12 to 16 cups a day. Had 2.5 litres of water. Lit-C, 1000 CC twice daily, Surbex Z religiously every day,” he wrote. “I stayed in one room for 21 days but washed clothes, made the room, cleaned bathroom and washed dishes and disinfected the area very day. This kept the virus contained in one room and protected others. Food was left outside my door and nothing left my room once it had entered.”
- Maheen Khan On June 13, Khan took to social media to confirm that she too had contracted the virus. “Dear friends I tested positive for Covid-19 on the 8th of June. I am fever free today. Allah is kind.” She, however, requested everyone to take the pandemic seriously.
- Rubina Ashraf The veteran actor made headlines when news about her being infected with the novel coronavirus first made rounds. Many alleged that she was admitted in the ICU and her situation was critical. The reports were later rubbished by her daughter Minna Tariq, who added that her mother was recovery well.
- Vasay Chaudhry The comedian, who forayed into films with the blockbuster project Jawani Phir Nahi Aani, tested positive without any signs or symptoms. Breaking the news on the micro-blogging site Twitter, he posted, “I have tested positive for Covid-19 and self-quarantining. I have no symptoms. My family tested negative. I have already notified people I have come in contact with recently to get themselves tested and self-isolate, if need be.”
- Naveed Raza After testing positive, Raza lashed out at those who are not taking the pandemic seriousluy. In a rather emotional tweet, he wrote, “If you have 2% love for your family or people around you STOP this ‘No corona exists party!’ You have no idea how painful it is to have shortness of breath, congested chest, fever, muscle cramps, non-stop headaches, no sense of taste or smell, endless fatigue and tiredness.”
- Yasir Nawaz and Nida Yasir The film and TV actor, and his wife Nida Yasir, a famous morning show host, both tested positive for the coronavirus back in May. They immediately quarantined themselves in the upper portion of their house, isolating themselves from their children and household staff. “We used disposable plates and cups and didn’t waste our trash outside but kept it in a separate place on the terrace,” Nida said. “I was already taking lots of fruits and vegetables. Besides I was regular on Vitamin C, Zinc and Calcium for my general wellbeing and that also worked against COVID,” she added, stating she was luckily asymptomatic.
Nida had been shooting her morning show, Good Morning Pakistan where the cast of Mera Dil Mera Dushman featured as guests for the film’s promotions. These included Nawaz, Raza, Alizeh Shah, Noaman Sami and Anam Tanveer. Following the show, Shah contracted the virus too. She is now recovered and doing well.