Last week, when actress Pooja Chopra returned to Mumbai from her shoot in Goa, as a precaution, she sent her mother to her sister’s house in the city and isolated herself. Just two days later, she started witnessing mild symptoms of COVID-19 and unfortunately tested positive for the virus. On Tuesday (April 27), the ‘Heroine’ actress took to her social media handle to inform that she has contracted the virus, urging everyone who came in contact with her in the last week, to get tested. Pooja, along with Swara Bhasker, Shikha Talsania, Meher Vij, was shooting for ‘Jahaan Chaar Yaar’ in Goa when Meher tested positive and the shoot of the film suddenly came to a halt. Speaking exclusively with Pune Times, Pooja, who is currently seeking treatment at home, says, “Initially I did feel a lot of discomforts, but the oxygen levels are pretty stable now.”
Pooja shared the news of testing positive for coronavirus on her social media handle:
Sharing more about her health, she adds, “I have been sleeping for like 15-16 hours because I feel tired and weak. There’s no sense of time. There’s body ache and the fever keeps coming and going. I never thought it could be so jarring because I thought I’ve been into fitness and lead a healthy lifestyle so my immunity would be strong and I would be able to take a hit way better than others. But I was wrong; the virus is very unforgiving. I also had some breathing issues.” The actress, who is on antibiotics now, is in touch with a COVID specialist who is guiding her over the phone.
Pooja also lost her sense of smell and taste
Known for her work in films like ‘The World Before Her,’ ‘Aiyaary,’ ‘Yeh Toh Two Much Ho Gayaa’ among others, Pooja has been currently dealing with the crisis alone. “I am currently living alone and it is quite difficult to manage everything by myself as I don’t know how to cook. I’ve my mum to my sister’s place. My elder sister, who lives in the city, too, has been leaving food at my doorstep every day. I’ve also lost my sense of taste and smell so I can’t really tell what I’m chewing if I closed my eyes. I can’t tell if I’m eating a mango or an orange and it’s so strange. When calls me up and asks, “Rajma kaisa laga?” and I’m like everything I eat tastes so bland,” says Pooja.
Pooja describes her state as ‘zombie-like,’ who often stands by the window of her apartment to feel a bit better. “It is not just physically draining, but also mentally, you kind of spiral down because you feel disappointed, discouraged, and saddened. And the news of people suffering and dying also takes a toll on your emotional well-being. These are such trying times!” she adds.
Pooja continues to help people through social media:
I’ve tested positive doesn’t stop me from doing anything I have been doing #backtowork #IndiaFightsBack
— Pooja Chopra (@Pooja_Chopra_) 1619506897000
Despite being sick, Pooja, who has actively been helping people find COVID resources through her social media handles, has even helped people get hospital beds. She’s receiving a lot of love for her efforts from her fans. “I am doing my bit by trying to help through social media. I am struggling mentally and physically but doing the things that I can do is giving me happiness. When I’m able to do anything, people think of helping them but it’s actually it’s them who are helping me stay afloat, other than my medicines,” says Pooja, adding, “I cannot give up on helping people because that is the only thing that is actually keeping that is giving me happiness. When I wake up, I see so many messages and posts crying for help. This is stopping me from spiraling down into sadness, resentment, and discouragement. So I’m going to continue to do my bit. I have already told my doctor that the moment I recover, I am going to donate plasma. My body would have already made the antibody and I would be eligible to donate. ”
The actress says she recently discovered how powerful social media can be if used in the right way. “I was, in fact, among one of the first persons, who was able to help people through social media. I knew a doctor who had a hospital and someone in Thane needed a bed, so I helped them connect with each other and the person found the bed. Even before I tested positive, I have been helping people by amplifying their posts and sharing covid resourced related information. This is the least we can do in these difficult times. Every little help counts. It is heartening to see how humanity has come together in this crisis and is trying to help each other. However, I also urge everyone to wear masks and get themselves vaccinated whenever possible,” urges Pooja.
Some of the tweets by Pooja where she’s trying to help people with COVID resources:
We all live in an amazing world u know where entertainment, shopping, food, finanace, news , everything is at the t… https://t.co/t2uypdMy7e
— Pooja Chopra (@Pooja_Chopra_) 1619166689000
Plasma needed in Dehradun !! https://t.co/z2xgU8cQwg
— Pooja Chopra (@Pooja_Chopra_) 1619610256000
O2 cylinder in Gurgaon!! Urgent verified leads only pls URGENT https://t.co/rSnhMeqLU6
— Pooja Chopra (@Pooja_Chopra_) 1619603091000
While uncertainty looms over industries, including Bollywood, the actress whose film ‘Babloo Bachelor’ got postponed due to the second wave of coronavirus, isn’t worried about her films or work as she feels that health is of utmost importance in the current scenario. “Shoot and films are not on my mind right now. It’s not even a priority at the moment. I am not giving too much thought as to when I will resume shooting or when my film will release. Kaam toh hota rahega, paise bhi hum bana lenge. Filhaal toh health sabse important cheez hai. So right now taking care of one’s health is paramount. Har industry mein utaar chadao hota hai. Jab sab theek ho jayega toh fir se filmein banengi and the industry will recover itself,” she says before signing off.