Maria Memon, Pakistani newscaster, anchor, and journalist, recently tested positive for coronavirus and took to social media to be vocal about it. In a short tweet, she shared her results and what she’s planning to do in terms of precautionary steps.
2 days ago, I felt mild symptoms & immediately got myself tested for covid19. Results are here, I am positive & currently self isolating. It is very imp to discourage social stigma related to Covid. Be socially responsible. Isolate , get tested & let people know abt ur condition
— Maria Memon (@Maria_Memon) May 30, 2020
Maria is currently working as an anchor for ARY Digital. Journalists have been advised to take extra precautions during the pandemic, due to the requirements their jobs entail.
Nearly a week ago, Maria shared a picture of herself and her husband wearing masks on Instagram, expressing her contempt towards the lifting of the lockdown and stating that she could not understand the ‘recklessness’ of the way people are dealing with the situation at hand.
Maria urged people to stay at home and only leave if it was absolutely necessary, shedding light on the fact that there are thousands of people who have been struck by the disease and continue to suffer. She warned her followers about the risks of taking the pandemic so lightly.
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Stay Home, Khudaa ka Vaasta hey. Sirf Zaroori tareen kaam sey baaher niklein. There are really unwell people out there who are at an extreme risk because of someone else’s nonchalant behaviour. Having a set of parents who are in the highest risk group, it baffles me how people are being reckless about COVID19. I am certain each one of you knows someone who is weak & vulnerable. Samajh sey baaher hey sab pagal kyun horahay hein shopping k peechay!
Well-wishers, including Ali Sethi, and her colleague Irza Khan, responded to Maria’s announcement, wishing her health. Her colleagues Mansoor Ali Khan, Waqar Zaka, Gharida Farooqi, and Amir Mateen also tweeted in support of her health.
Get Well Soon. Hope to see you back in the studio asap.
— Mansoor Ali Khan (@_Mansoor_Ali) May 30, 2020
May Allah have mercy on you
— Waqar Zaka (@ZakaWaqar) May 30, 2020
In her tweet, Maria stuck to her previous advice and told her followers that she will be isolating herself, before reiterating the importance of social responsibility with regard to the virus once again.
People responded in a nice manner to her tweet, asking her informed questions about her symptoms and the required precautionary measures.
Yes I think this will help. And that awareness is required. What initial symptoms did you feel and have they subsided or remained consistent?
— Maheen Ghani (@maheenghani_) May 30, 2020
We have not seen a response to these questions yet, but it was a nice gesture on Maria’s part to be upfront about her condition and raise her voice about the stigma surrounding the virus. We wish her a speedy recovery and good health.
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