Freddy Daruwala, who made a striking debut as the villain in the Akshay Kumar-starrer Holiday: A Soldier Is Never Off Duty, has just been to hell and back.
"My dad got tested positive for coronavirus about a week ago," he tells Subhash K Jha. "He's fine now, resting and recovering well."
Freddy has a large house and his father -- along with the rest of the family -- is quarantined in it.
"Yes, he has been in isolation at home," the actor says. "He was having fever and body ache as the only symptoms. Then he lost the sense of smell and that's the time it alarmed us. When we tested him, we found him positive."
Freddy says it has been an exhausting experience to look after his father's treatment.
"It was emotionally draining since we were uncertain about his treatment, the news going on and the severity of the situation. Luckily, he started showing improvements the day his results came and since then, he has been showing constant improvement."
Freddy's advice to those affected by the virus?
Well, some sound advice that even the government gives on your caller tune these days is, 'You don't have to fight the diseased, but fight the disease'. If you find someone at your place with mild flu symptoms, please get that person tested first."
"Put him in isolation even before the test results come. That's what we did. Ask the patient to wear a mask."
Give him a lot of warm water, Vitamin C and good food to increase the immunity. Also, one must make the traditional kawa and sip on it throughout the day."
"Most importantly, be around the patient and do not panic or scare the patient."