‘It’s been a wild ride’: Singer Thelma Plum reflects on her coronavirus diagnosis two months ago and says she still finds it ‘really difficult’ to sing
Thelma Plum told Instagram fans in March that she had been diagnosed with coronavirus.
And speaking to Saturday’s The Daily Telegraph, the Australian singer, who has since been treated at Royal Brisbane Hospital, said she still finds singing ‘really difficult’.
‘It’s been a wild ride,’ the 25-year-old APRA Music Award multi-nominee shared.
‘It’s been a wild ride’: Singer Thelma Plum, 25, reflected on her coronavirus diagnosis two months ago and says she still finds it ‘really difficult’ to sing, in Saturday’s The Daily Telegraph
Thelma told the publication that she’s starting to ‘feel like a human being’ again.
‘I couldn’t sing because I couldn’t catch my breath and that lasted to only a couple of weeks ago. I still find it really difficult,’ she explained.
The Better in Blak artist confirmed her COVID-19 diagnosis in a length Instagram post in March, alongside a photo of herself in a hospital bed.
She wrote: ‘I just want to let everyone know that unfortunately yesterday morning I was informed my test for COVID-19 came back positive.
Trying times: ‘I couldn’t sing because I couldn’t catch my breath and that lasted to only a couple of weeks ago. I still find it really difficult,’ the Better in Blak artist explained. Pictured in hospital at the time of her diagnosis in March
‘I am currently being managed by the Brisbane Metro North Public Health Unit and they’re taking very good care of me.
‘At this time the doctor wants to keep me here until at least Friday, but the rules around being released are constantly changing.
‘I don’t even really know where to begin, what a wild ride this last month has been for the world. All I can do is stress how important it is to be kind and compassionate to each other during this time…
‘This means skip that party, bar, restaurant or show you really want to go to and practice social distancing.
‘My test came back positive’: In March, Thelma told Instagram fans how she tested positive for COVID-19 after returning home to Australia from London
‘I cannot stress enough how much this virus has the potential to severely harm our communities (particularly our Indigenous communities). We need to know that the public health system is going to care for our communities.’
She continued: ‘The lack of action taken by the government has left me feeling quite anxious and hopeless, as it has many other people.
‘Schools need to be shut down but there needs to be structures in place that can ensure low income families and vulnerable people aren’t being left in the dark.
‘People need to work from home and if they aren’t able to, the government needs to step in and financially help. Putting a temporary moratorium on things like rent, bills and mortgages could be a great start.’
Thelma penned online: ‘I don’t even really know where to begin, what a wild ride this last month has been for the world’
She added: ‘I also want to thank the incredible staff here, the nurses, doctors, the nice man Steve who comes in to change the bins. To say they’ve gone above and beyond is an understatement.
‘Anyway, I am doing really good feeling good and being monitored by Brisbane’s finest.’
Thelma tested positive in Australia after returning home from London. Her diagnosis came prior to the country’s lockdown and new social distancing rules.
She is nominated for Song of the Year and Breakthrough Song for Better in Blak, at the virtual APRA Music Awards on Monday.
She added: ‘I also want to thank the incredible staff here, the nurses, doctors, the nice man Steve who comes in to change the bins’