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EXCLUSIVE: Mary Zilba Opens Up About Recovering From Coronavirus!

Mary Zilba is sharing an update on her health after she announced last month that she tested positive from COVID-19. The Real Housewives of Vancouver alum told us EXCLUSIVELY about her recovery and encourages everyone to do their part in staying home during this pandemic.

"Having contracted COVID-19 was not a walk on the park. It was an all encompassing illness and frankly, although I had it not as badly as others, I wouldn’t wish it upon anyone," she told us in an exclusive statement. "One thing to keep in mind is that this virus doesn’t leave the body quickly. Even after the initial bout with the sickness, and after your no longer contagious, it lingers in your system for a very long time! It took me over a month to feel somewhat normal again and then there is still a recovery period after that. I’m just so happy that people are paying attention to authorities and doing their part in staying home."

She added, "We all have parents and grandparents who we love and want to see stick around for a while, so people no matter how young and strong they feel they are, need to think about those that are so vulnerable to this virus."

In March, Zilba opened up about her diagnosis in a lengthy Instagram post. She revealed that she started getting symptoms after her late mother's funeral services. "A few days after her funeral service, I stayed overnight with my sons at a hotel whereby we all suddenly started feeling ill. My sons presented with fevers and a cough, I had a slight fever, but primarily the worst consistent migraine headache I’ve ever had, body aches and tiredness, but no respiratory issues or cough," she wrote back in March. "We never thought it would be Covid-19, but did call the Ohio Health dept, however were turned away for testing because we didn’t have shortness of breath and didn’t fit the profile. I eventually decided to head to the hospital thinking perhaps I had something more serious like a brain bleed, as I had tried every over the counter medication I could and nothing was helping the headache."

"The hospital took me in and assessed me and at first didn’t think it would have been Covid-19 because headache was my main symptom and this was NOT typical of the virus - they then tested me for 14 other viruses which all came up negative. A bit baffled they all of the sudden decided as a last ditch before a possible CT scan to test me for Covid-19."

After a few days later she revealed that she was tested positive for Coronavirus. "A couple of days later the hospital called and said my test came back POSITIVE for Coronavirus. They prescribed me medication for the headaches which brutally persisted for more than 14 days. I just slept, drank tons of Gatorade and stayed inside the hotel, slowly recovering."

"Finally, we were all cleared by the CDC travel back home to Canada and the BC health Authorities have also cleared and supposedly we now have immunity to the virus," she added. "If you’re feeling sick whatsoever, please consider that it may indeed be COVID-19 not all symptoms are what the CDC saying as “typical”...I’m a perfect example. Please isolate yourself, sleep and drink tons of fluid! Wishing you all health and love ❤️"

Earlier this month, Mary teamed up with Stay At Home Heroes, where she got candid about her journey with COVID-19.  "Hey Everybody - I along with so many others have teamed up with @sahhcanada! As a COVID19 survivor it is extremely important that people understand the seriousness of social distancing, and the importance of recognizing the symptoms and signs of the virus," she wrote in a lengthy Instagram post.

"I know it can be so frustrating staying at home, but it literally helps save lives. I’ve been cherishing just being back to basics here at home and have needed and really love just spending time with my sons which I rarely can do all at once," she continued. "Trying new recipes, learning to play video games, sorting out my taxes, cleaning drawers, learning a new song on piano and spring cleaning are just a few things keeping us busy."

She added, "Please do your part and be a Stay at Home Hero 🦸🏻‍♀️ If anyone as any questions about my journey with Covid - please ask away - I’m happy to help in any way I can! How are you and your family staying busy at home? #stayathomehero #flattenthecurve #plankthecurve"

Given the constantly evolving nature of COVID-19, we want our readers (courtesy via Us Weekly) to have access to the most accurate resources. For the most up-to-date coronavirus information, guidance, and support, consult the CDCWHO, and information from local public health officials. If you’re experiencing coronavirus symptoms, call your primary care provider for medical advice.

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