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.
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.
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.
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.
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 🙂
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