Before my symptoms turned severe, I had mild symptoms which were not so bad, so at the beginning I didn’t take it seriously. But, four nights ago, my condition deteriorated, and I suddenly felt very unwell.
I had all the symptoms that I’d heard about on radio and TV and I realised that this virus does actually exist, and that I was infected. When I realised I had COVID-19, I didn’t go to the mosque, because I preferred not to tell anyone about it.
The most challenging thing is that there is no home remedy for coronavirus. Some people suggested home remedies to me when I was feeling ill. One of them is called drona aabi—it’s a grass that grows in the mountains. The traditional medicine practitioner said that if I took it, it would help my breathing problems. I did that, but it wasn’t strong enough and there was no result.
The next morning, I went to Herat Regional Hospital—a journey of 40 minutes, which cost 250 Afghani [AU$5]. It’s a lot, because I’m not rich.