The Pandemic

I’m aware I’m a little late on addressing the elephant in the room but hey, better late than never, right? We’ll just roll with that for now.

Over the past two weeks (Because I’m a sloth right now and can’t seem to finish one task completely) I’ve been putting this particular post off. But today, I finally got around to compiling it.

I know I may seem a little biased on this one because I gathered three healthcare professionals to give their two cents on what has been happening but in my defense, this just seemed a little easier to tackle.

This does not mean that I don’t think anyone else was involved with containing the crisis as effectively as was tried to. These are just a few individuals that I had the privilege to have asked for help with this post.

My questions:
a) Did you know it was going to be this huge two months ago?
b) According to you, was there any way we could prevent it from escalating so fast?
c) Do you think we will ever go back to absolute normalcy?
d) Can you describe your experience with it all in 2/3 sentences?

Mrs. Anitha Meera Pinto, The ICU In-charge at Wenlock Hospital, Mangalore.

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a) I had no idea it would reach such an extent and would affect the entire world this bad .
I still remember when Covid-19 hit China, thought it would end with Kerala maximum from China.

b) According to me, they should have quarantined international passengers back when cases were high in China.
They should have prevented international guests at the Markaz event in Delhi.
But everything can’t be controlled, India has taken excellent measures compared to other countries.

c) Of course, there’s this hope that we go back to absolute normalcy.
But we need to understand that it will take a lot of time altogether. Maybe even years together.
Covid has affected people in various ways especially economically and it will take a couple of years for every aspect of Covid-19 to be back to normal.

d) I really can not explain with words how it feels to get inside the ICU with layers and layers of protection and still not feeling safe enough.
All I think of is my family and how our patients have families too.

Mr. Subhash Sharma, A Clinical Pharmacist.

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A) No.
I never knew it would go so long, maybe I didn’t realize the audacity of the virus and its infective potential. But seeing it now, worldwide, I kind of have believed its existence will be for a long time.

B) I’m not very sure about its prevention of escalation, if that’s possible now or even was possible back then. This is because it isn’t something we knew or ever faced before. So, I don’t think that it could have been possible because sooner or later virus had to spread.

C) Absolute normalcy is gonna be an absolute dream for the future.
This is because we are always going to be relative when it comes to normalcy. We are going to compare it with previous times. Which I think won’t be there until many years from now. Even if we have vaccines or herd immunity. Normalcy is gonna be a dream for the next few years.

D) This situation enhanced Pharma Sector a lot. Though the supplies became limited but it sure made us believe how much those medicines matter to a person. It might be just a tablet, a spoon of syrup, or an injection for someone but for others, it is something they could walk 15-20 kms to get the same. The outflow of antidepressants, sedatives, anti-psychotics drastically increased in our area. Which shows the effect of this pandemic on a lot of people’s mental health.

This was something I never knew or saw in 25 years of my career as a Pharmacist. And working as one in this situation is kind of terrible when you have two aged individuals at home and you come in contact with them everyday. But seeing people suffer to get medicines (Sometimes a particular one), we even keep our pharmacy open for whole day on Sunday. (It used to be half day before).

But lastly this situation taught me importance of my work and its value which is gonna be there until the very end.

Hope this ends soon.

Dr. BK Adiseshaiah, Family Physician and Consultant Diabetologist.

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a) When we heard about it, we thought it might spread but never thought its going to become a pandemic.

b)Yes, we could have prevented it escalating by stopping the international flights initially. Then immediately taking it seriously and taking care of ourselves by avoiding going in contact with the public.

C) Yes, cent percent we can go back to normalcy after the launching of the vaccines, and taking proper steps.

D)Initially we were a bit scared in treating patients since nobody had clarity about COVID-19. WHO could have done something in preventing it.
Its very difficult to treat patients wearing PPE because it’s not very comfortable.
But the bright side to it, because of this pandemic OUR PEOPLE have learnt some hygienic methods.

Anya: This post was in no order of preference but instead on who sent their piece across first. I had been wanting to do this for quite some time now and I’m happy with the way it came out, although I did exclude a lot of people who were actively involved in this.

Like I’ve said before, this is not biased based on anything.

Like always with the Features on this site, feel free to put your views in the comments below because if there’s one thing we all share, it’s ‘reading/listening’ to someone.

Signing off with two things, a) don’t sneeze/cough on people b) keep your distance. I totally played it safe there LOL.

As always, thanks for reading 🙂

Featured image: Google Images.

33 Comments on “The Pandemic”

  1. As of today, all but nail salons and tattoo parlors have reopened, with restrictions. Since generic masks are to prevent spread, not to prevent catching C19, and many people have become lax about wearing them, I’m eager to find an N95 max for my protection. And I’m still staying mostly isolated. I strongly believe that, just like the 1918 pandemic, there will be more waves of major outbreak.

    Thank you for sharing the thoughts of these professionals!

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    • Life here has returned to normal even though cases are increasing and the lock down is only slowly easing but if one were to get out right now, it’d be like nothing ever changed except for two in three people wearing masks.

      Thank you for taking your time off to comment your views. I hope you’re keeping safe and doing well
      Take care there ❤

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      • All safe here. A case of mild stomach flu, which I believe I got from my neighborkid when she was the 1st/only person I allowed near me, has been a great reminder to socially distance!!!!

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  2. This was an eye opening post in hearing what healthcare professionals think about this pandemic! I especially enjoyed reading #4 replies.
    Thank you for the follow, and I’m following you back! Looking forward to reading more of your work. 🙂

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  3. Really Good QnA!!!
    Just love the hope in 2nd answer of Mrs. Anitha Meera Pinto… We people may be helpless but never be hopeless…
    Till the existence of Human being on this beautiful nature, you find a ray of hope even from a little child or a blind guy or a patient on ventilator!!
    Beautiful Share Anya, 🤗🤗

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  5. I knew it would be bad in America. I was hoping my extended family would come visit for my birthday near the end of May. Around March 12th, I cancelled it because of the pandemic. I could see the curves and I could see that we were on a similar trajectory and that it would be really bad by the end of May. Of course, it’s much worse now in America. I also knew that Trump lies about almost everything. He’s also been working for Putin to destroy America since the first day of his Presidency. So, when he said, “Oh, it will all go away” in late February and early March, this caused me to look more closely at the chances of this. It’s very sad to see so many people die around the world. There are many factors that influence it, but the biggest single influence is the quality of leadership. In USA, Russian, Brazil, and the UK, the “leadership” has been filled with “Happy Talk Lies” and thousands have died unnecessarily because of it. https://petersironwood.com/2020/06/28/essays-on-america-happy-talk-lies/

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    • Thank you so much, Sir, for adding your own piece here. I really appreciate it.
      Could it be that he was more optimistic like the way the rest of the world was? Not an excuse but something to think about? He’s messed up a lot of course 😂 with baseless precautions (disinfectant was the wildest thing I’ve heard)

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