'It wasn't as bad as it sounds. We are all well and much much better now.'
On Tuesday, April 7, actor Purab Kohli, who now lives in London, revealed he and his family had tested positive for the coronavirus.
Having known Purab for years, Subhash K Jha immediately got in touch with him.
"I was overwhelmed with messages yesterday after I put up my post about what we went through," says Purab. "It wasn't as bad as it sounds. We are all well and much much better now."
"It felt like a regular flu and I didn't believe we had it until we started talking to the GP (general practitioner) which was on day 6," says Purab.
"We found out that someone we knew and were in contact with got serious with the infection and was taken to hospital. By then I was already better," he adds.
While Purab and the kids had it mild, his British wife Lucy Payton was more intensely infected. "My wife was hit little harder and was feeling low even on day eight."
"So those couple of days it was a little worrying, but once she went into full rest, she fought it off and recovered too." The children, who were mildly affected, have also recovered.
What is Purab's advice for the infected? "I am not a doctor. But whatever we did was very basic and organic. Haldi, ginger, honey mixture to soothe the throat. I gave Lucy kadha (a home made beverage to soothe the throat and lungs), home remedies that my mother gave us when we had fever during childhood."
"The idea is to give the body as much rest as possible. Because this virus can really sap your energy," Purab adds.
"My wife felt drained out until the ninth day of the infection while I was weak until the seventh day. You could also have difficulty breathing while sleeping."
"A hotwater bottle on the chest really helps. Besides these simple remedies, just stay calm. Don't panic and take lots of rest."