By Mario Casayuran
Senator Juan Edgardo “Sonny” M. Angara is back in isolation after having been declared coronavirus disease (COVID-19) free last April 6.
Having been found positive for COVID-19 on Saturday (May 2), after recovering from the disease close to a month ago, Angara, 47, said it is best to be prudent and cautious, adding, “thus it is best that I not attend Senate sessions in person (on May 4) for the risk posed to others.”
“And we will follow the usual quarantine procedures for myself and members of my household as a precaution,” he added.
In a press statement sent to Senate reporters, Angara said that “while preparing to donate my blood plasma for a second time, my doctors, after the results of the initial antibody test taken before donating, had me take another swab test, which registered positive.”
“My wife Tootsy has tested negative, which could be proof of what my doctors are positing that I am probably no longer infectious and that this latest positive result is probably picking up remnants of the virus,” he added.
Angara admitted it was hard being isolated from his family when he tested positive the first time.
“I felt so much joy and happiness when I was cleared and was able to kiss and hug them again. Now I’m back in isolation. I am hopeful that soon our lives will return to normal,” he added.
As chairman of the Senate finance committee, Angara said he would continue to stay home for now, “but I will participate in Senate proceedings through teleconferencing which the Senate may allow starting Monday after an amendment to our Rules.”
“Rest assured that I will continue working from home like many of our countrymen, and performing my duties as senator to the best of my ability,’’ he said.
“Once again I wish to thank all our frontliners, especially the healthcare workers. To our kababayans (countrymen), let us continue to observe quarantine rules and continue taking precautions like safe distancing, washing hands, and wearing masks, if necessary.
“Thank you, and continued prayers for everyone’s well-being. As I’ve said before, with hope, sacrifice, and unity of effort we will overcome this crisis,” he added.