I Caught COVID-19

By Rosa Martinez

Woman using a pay phone in the city of Guantanamo, Cuba.

HAVANA TIMES – For a year and a half, my family has done everything it possibly could not to become infected with the new Coronavirus that reached Cuba in March 2020.

Some measures were easier to comply with than others. However, in a country like ours: with great shortages, where ecommerce is still a pipe-dream, where wages still aren’t enough to cover basic needs, everyone will agree when I say it’s hard to really isolate yourself.

As I was the person to expose themselves the most, going outside, I was the first one to become infected in our household. But we realized, after analyzing the events, that I didn’t exactly catch the damned virus waiting in a line, but in our neighborhood, from some friends.

The thing is I got sick and I unfortunately got sick during the worst spike in infections and deaths in my province.

When I began to experience the first symptoms of COVID-19, Guantanamo was going through its worst time in its rough battle with SARS-CoV-19, over these past 18 months. I’ll tell you about the complications I suffered and my experiences at an isolation center in another post…

Read more from Rosa Martinez here.

Rosa Martínez

Rosa Martinez: I am another Havana Times contributing writer, university professor and mother of two beautiful and spoiled girls, who are my greatest joy. My favorite passions are reading and to write and thanks to HT I’ve been able to satisfy the second. I hope my posts contribute towards a more inclusive and more just Cuba. I hope that someday I can show my face along with each of my posts, without the fear that they will call me a traitor, because I’m not one.


2 thoughts on “I Caught COVID-19

  • September 22, 2021 at 1:58 pm
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    Wishing you a full and fast recovery, Rosa!

  • September 20, 2021 at 6:17 pm
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    One has much admired Rosa Martinez in the past. To learn that she contracted Covid 19 is disturbing, but she presumably has survived the worst period. That determination that she has illustrated in past contributions, is again evident. As she explains, in Cuba avoiding close contact with others is difficult, especially for a mother as there is a need to find sufficient food. Those two daughters of whom she is so proud, are indeed fortunate in having such a mother. Hold your head high Rosa and best wishes for a good recovery.

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