Sasha Velour’s Costume Designer Tarek Soliman Shares His Coronavirus Experience

Costume designer Tarek Soliman —(he did that stunning Sasha Velour butterfly headpiece for the RuPaul’s Drag Race season 10 finale) – just posted about his coronavirus diagnosis after a recent trip to the ER.

Said Soliman in an Instagram Story yesterday:

“I don’t want anyone to freak out or to take my post to just cause panic or just make it way worse than it is,” Soliman said in after telling followers that he was feeling better. “I know that I’ve gone through a tough phase even though I am young and healthy but this doesn’t mean it’s going to happen to everyone. This might happen in some cases but hopefully not.”


“I just posted this to tell everyone to please stay home, just take this seriously,” he continued. “Don’t think that just because you’re young you can just go out and be in outings and be out with your friends. You have to wear masks, you have to be careful. This is so important.”

Here, is his experience with COVID-19 as written to Instagram

“I started feeling chills and my body felt weak on March 8th, I thought it is a normal cold/flu that will heal soon. 

“It started hitting me when I was on the bus from DC to NYC: High temperature, severe chills, sweating, body aches, terrible headache. I stayed home for 5 days and continued to monitor my symptoms thinking that it maybe was just a bad flu. 

“After the fifth day I went to Urgent Care because my symptoms were getting worse, by the time the doctor started running some tests I fainted and they called the ambulance. After that, they transferred me to Mount Sinai. From the moment I got there I was kept in an isolated room by myself; they definitely didn’t know what to do. They ran some tests on me every 4 hours, with no information or telling me what I have or what’s wrong with me. I was shaking and felt like I was dying with only IVs in my arm. After they took some blood and swabbed my nose for a COVID-19 test, I waited again until 4 am in the morning. I got discharged and sent home after 12 hours in the ER and instructed to only take Tylenol.

“The hospitals and USA are completely unprepared for this. I don’t recommend relying on hospitals or the healthcare system. 

“After 4 days I got my test result back that I am positive. I still have the same symptoms with no progress, but I started developing pneumonia and can’t breathe normally because there is NO cure. This was followed by coughing blood and now I have no fever but I still can’t breathe normally because apparently the virus has spread into my lungs.

“I am still not cured from COVID-19 and I will be going to the emergency room again for my pneumonia (doctors and everyone in the ER have no idea how to deal with this virus, they are only depending on your body to fight it) .

“PLEASE SHARE so more people know that this isn’t something small we are dealing with, be responsible and stay home. I don’t want anyone to go through what I am going through now. Stay safe

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