Stay mentally strong to beat Covid, say recovered patients

Many patients stress on a need to be positive during isolation to avert negative consequences

By   |  Published: 1st Jul 2020  12:29 am
A security guard standing outside the isolation ward at Gandhi Hospital. — Photo: AP

Hyderabad: The message is loud and clear. If you have a positive outlook, are mentally strong and do not get bogged down by negative thoughts, it becomes that much easier to beat Covid-19.

“You will end up spending a lot of time alone during isolation. So, it’s an ideal time to self reflect and inculcate positive thoughts of coming out of this ordeal successfully. If you allow your thoughts to become negative, then anything can happen,” says Md Naseeruddin, an employee in the Police Commissioner’s office and a Dabeerpura resident, who was discharged on Sunday from Chest Hospital after beating Covid.

Harish, a police constable from SR Nagar police station, was asymptomatic and was in isolation for 10 days at the Nature Cure Hospital, Ameerpet.

“It’s very important to have a positive frame of mind because you don’t have anything else to do but to wait till the viral load subsides. I had no symptoms at all and sometimes that becomes a source for frustration. I ate, slept, did Yoga and meditated a lot with the hospital staff,” he says.
Young people aged between 25 years and 35 years form a large chunk of Covid cases in the State. Quite often, it’s a challenge for such patients to remain in quarantine for 10 days, when they don’t have any symptoms at all, and have to fight restlessness.

Chanti, the 29-year-old driver of Hyderabad Mayor Bonthu Rammohan, had no symptoms and was in quarantine for 12 days at Nature Cure Hospital, Ameerpet.

“You can’t allow negative thoughts to enter your mind. I had no symptoms at all and initially was confused why I am being kept in isolation. Later, I realised that I could infect others. The healthcare workers at Nature Cure Hospital were very caring. The food, visit of doctors and nurses was like clockwork. The doctors were observing us keenly, as they waited for us to develop symptoms. I was discharged but I am continuing to remain in house quarantine for another 28 days,” he says.

There are also many instances of persons with breathing difficulty, which is the most common and dreaded symptom of Covid-19, who have managed to beat the ailment. A medical technician from Niloufer Hospital, Bala Vishwanath, was infected by SARS-CoV-2 while discharging duties in the hospital.

“I first developed fever and cough, which refused to subside despite taking antibiotics for a week. Later, I developed breathing difficulty and I got myself tested at King Koti Hospital. After admission, the first thing doctors asked me to do was to remain positive. They gave oxygen supply whenever I was uncomfortable. You can beat Covid but you have to remain positive,” says Vishwanath, who was discharged on Sunday from TB and Chest Hospital, Erragadda.


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