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Dealing with COVID guilt

Posted at 7:48 PM, Sep 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-11 20:48:31-04

You’ve been diagnosed with Covid-19, and what you and your body are going through is tough enough. But what about that extended scope? What about the people you love? The people you’re close to? The people you work with? In your own mind, your body, you start to feel something called ‘guilt’.

“I was a little embarrassed, I don’t know why. Catholic guilt. There you go.”

Popular radio personality Jaycee Falcon was diagnosed with Covid-19 in late June, and even though he’d already been working remotely and being pretty isolated, there were a few people the had to contact about there having possibly been… some contact.

“I was concerned about, what I would feel if someone contracted it from me,” explains Falcon, “which is kind of a selfish feeling in one way; but the other way, you want to make sure you don’t affect anyone else, because you don’t want to cause someone else’s sickness.”

Those feelings were consistent with that of Opelousas Mayor Julius Alsandor who, shortly after his late July positive test, saw his wife and daughter test positive as well. “That scared me, really scared me,” he says. “There were days of fear, days of crying, thinking of myself, but more so there was this: I brought this into my house, I brought this into my family.”

And in the mayor’s case—there were also older family members… to consider

“I’d been around my mother, I’d been around my sisters and my uncles who are all around the 75-85 range---at-risk population--- and my cousins, too,” he adds.

But in both cases, the potential exposure and test results were something they knew had to be shared. For the family and for the greater good.

“I called them immediately and said, ‘Hey, you might want to isolate yourself and get tested’,” shares Falcon.

Both Mayor Alsandor and Jaycee Falcon said, initially they did feel a little self-conscious, a little embarrassed, but when it came to the big picture of protecting the people around them, letting them know about the diagnosis was a ‘no-brainer’.

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