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What it’s like to be a General Physician in India during COVID-19

How it feels to be a general physician in India now?

As we understand it, the 2019–2020 coronavirus pandemic is upending life on a global basis. Extreme acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) triggers the highly infectious coronavirus 2019 disease (COVID-19). It was first seen in Wuhan, Hubei, China, where it was first reported in December 2019 as an outbreak. The World Health Organization listed it as a pandemic after only 3 months, on March 11, 2020, despite its large continuing spread in various countries around the world.

Although, on one hand, individuals across India and around the world are mostly confined to their homes with companies and educational institutions all shut down in an effort to contain the virus, on the other hand, physicians, health care personnel, and members of medical staff are leading the fight from the front against COVID-19. They are truly our heroes in these tough times, putting their own lives at risk with selfless dedication to saving lives. Even though they put at risk their own health, communities, and most importantly their own lives, the least we can do is support their efforts by remaining healthy indoors and cooperate.

Needless to say, doctors, nurses, and people working in health-care sectors are particularly vulnerable to the highly infectious disease. In response to the global pandemic, the under-resourced doctors are facing unprecedented challenges. Since the coronavirus outbreak, health-care professionals have not only experienced the gratification of healing patients and saving their lives but have also lost many battles along the way. On top of that, many doctors have even sacrificed their own lives in the line of duty.

In the Covid-19 battle, overworked Indian medical professionals are now battling more and more on a whole new front: social stigma.  On the frontline of the war, the nation records cases of physicians, nurses, and other health care workers being shunned by others for fear of being infected. This entails the danger of being evicted and general ostracism from their own residences.

Doctors’ bodies have been lobbying for safety, such as the Indian Medical Association, the Federation of Government Doctors Association, and the Tamil Nadu Government Doctor’s Association. They will have to wait until any solid action is taken for the same.

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