Joy FM’s Israel Laryea tests positive for COVID-19 after a colleague named him as a contact

Ghanaian broadcast journalist, news editor and anchor and programme host with Multimedia Group Ltd, Israel Laryea has disclosed to Ghanaians that he has truly tested positive for COVID-19 (Coronavirus disease is an infectious disease caused by a newly discovered coronavirus) on Facebook in a post sighted by after a clinical test was run for him on January 27th, 2021.

In his narration on Facebook, Israel Laryea  wrote:

“I tested positive for #COVID19. This was after a colleague named me as a contact. I immediately had to get my sample taken and tested. This was Wednesday, January 27, 2021. I quarantined in the outhouse at home and only accessed the main building when it was necessary.

When I did, I made sure I sanitized anything I touched, especially the door handles. Being in the outhouse was kind of lonely – even though comfortable and had everything I needed. I missed my wife Louisa. We spent the nights chatting away on phone as if we were just starting to date.

I had no symptoms except for an initial mild headache and fever. I’ve always kept my mask on in public, especially in the office and have continued to do so. Fortunately, I did not lose my sense of taste nor smell. Do I know how I may have been infected? I have a few suspicions.

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When I had to resume work physically to the office after working from home for a few months at the height of the pandemic, I didn’t take chances at all. I packed my meals and drink to the office from home and had my lunch in my car. No canteens, no restaurants and no eating together with colleagues. I wouldn’t let a “stranger” drive my car to even repark it, because I was scared of possible contamination.

I stopped going to the make-up room. I made-up myself before going on air. I sanitized my hands and space before I took off my mask in the studio. I stopped going to the barber. He rather came home. I ensured he washed his hands, disinfected and had his mask on.

Admittedly, after a significant decline in the number of cases though, I eased my strict preventive protocols somewhat and visited the office canteen. I ate in restaurants even though I tried to keep a good distance away from people. I allowed others to repark my car in the office and took off my mask to have a drink or a snack at my desk when I was alone.

So yeah, I dropped my guard in quite a few instances, making it difficult to determine at which point I got infected
Fortunately, the rest of my household tested negative – that’s Louisa my wife and Mitch my middle son, who is the only child currently at home, schooling online, as the other two are in abroad”


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