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COVID-19 and The Critical Role of Doctors During Pandemic

Doctors not only worked hard with a disease which had no proper cure but also worked hard to deal with unnecessary public criticism.

In the past, such contagious diseases used to afflict nations and nations continue to fight these accidents.

In all of these situations, doctors guide us as well as treat us. The importance of doctors in life could never be neglected.

They play vital roles to fight with diseases. One of the diseases is Covid-19 that is contagious. It was discovered in December 2019.

In the era of pandemic people started  behaving oddly towards the disease.

During this time, doctors taught people how to avoid the disease and fought it beyond their means, not even caring for themselves and their families.

They keep protecting people from this disease to the last extent.

Introduction of the disease

Origin of Covid-19

It was first identified by a Chinese Opthalmologist Li Weliang in the city of China Wuhan in December 2019.

Symptoms of Covid-19

Most common symptoms are

  • Fever
  • Dry Cough
  • Tiredness

Less Common symptoms are

  • Pains
  • Aches
  • Headache
  • Diarrhea
  • Loss of taste and smell
  • Rashes on skin
  • Discoloration on toes and fingers

Serious Symptoms are

  • Difficulty in breathing
  • Chest infection or pressure
  • Loss of speech or movement

Incubation periods

It is the time period between disclosure and first onset of symptoms.

Incubation period for Covid-19 is an average between 5 to 6 days but can be as long as 14 days which is why Quarantine should be for 14 days.

Recovery periods

It last’s 10 to 14 day’s or according to severity of symptoms.

“Infodemic” of fake news

  • Rumors about ventilators.
  • Anti-vaccine movement spreading a lot of misinformation regarding Covid-19 vaccines .
  • Someone claimed that drinking hot water every 15 minutes killed covid-19 because of heat which proved wrong as our body temperature remains same.
  • There were numerous claims about corona being fake or it being a Jewish conspiracy theory.
  •  Doctors are using poisonous injections and killing patients in covid-19 ward.
  • Manipulating PCR results.
  • Masks causing corona.
  • Mask is causing respiratory restrictions by filling carbon dioxide causing heart attacks.

Measures to combat “infodemic” of fake news

  • “WHO ” has partnered with social media platforms such as Twitter, Facebook, Instagram to direct public towards accurate information.
  • The centers for disease control and prevention is evidence based infograph.
  • With time as people experienced Covid-19 wards they realized the truth.
  • Awareness of real information and research on Covid-19 helped people to differentiate. 

How doctors deal with this Global Pandemic?

  • They attended training sessions to get informed about the symptoms, precautionary measures, treatment and patient counseling to combat with Covid-19.
  • The doctors get different trainings for PPE.
  • They stayed updated regarding new researches on symptoms, treatments  and other precautions.
  • Doctors spread awareness among patients one-to-one and also to the the public through social media, pamphlets, news, online conferences etc.

They worked closely with government and kept them updated with daily new cases, mortality rate and recovery rate.

Government was thus able to implement laws accordingly for the protection of people.

A salute to Doctors

  • Doctors not only worked hard with a disease which had no proper cure but also worked hard to deal with unnecessary public criticism.
  • They not only had to face physical exhaustion but also dejection from society.
  • Doctors stayed strong despite the odds even though their lives , as well as their families suffer risks.
  • They worked hard with passion and stayed affirm on the oaths they took as doctors.
  • The doctors are still working in frontline to eliminate dangers Covid-19.

Conclusion

The dangers of Corona virus still exist the evolving strains of Covid-19 being detected world wide.

Vaccinations are being made and trials are still in progress. We have to stay strong and focus on following SOP’s to help prevent spreading of this disease.

Furthermore we have to prevent spreading of rumors and listen to the advises of health advisors and organizations.

Only with strict implementation of safety measures and Global unity we can expect the elimination and end of this Global pandemic.

Written by Tehreem Safdar (BSc Hons) HND, Institute of Food and Nutritional Sciences, PMAS-Arid Agriculture University Rawalpindi

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