A friends COVID 19 experience

I live in Anna Nagar West, Chennai.
Only my mom goes out twice a week to buy groceries within 500 m radius.
She took utmost care by wearing mask and avoiding crowded stores.
But as life is unfair, she got the symptoms on the night of 9 May.

She had fever, cough and body pains intermittently and was convinced it's cuz of her eating a chilled mango. My bro too had a fever during a night but recovered soon. On 11th night, she had a temp. of 102 which prompted me to take her to a pvt lab to get her tested for covid-19.

We were sure it'd be -ve but the lab sent an email saying she is POSITIVE. We were devastated cuz we didn't know how she got it. We are a family of 4. Mom ,grandma, me and my bro.(And a dog). We were more worried about grandma cuz she is 81 yr old diabetic and heart patient

I called TN covid helpline and they asked me to go to the nearest govt hospital to report. I went to KMC covid OPD and waited for 45 mins. Meanwhile there were nearly 30 people outside the OP. I asked the security who told me they were all positive patients waiting for the allotment of beds in covid ward. I was scared to see a tea stall opp. to the OP where 3 people inside the shop didn't wear a mask.
Finally my mom went inside and told her condition to a doc. He checked her temp which was 99. He said she is a mild case of covid and asked her to home quarantine.
When she told him there are 3 more people in the home and was sure they'd be positive, he said to get them tested only when they show symptoms. He gave nos. to inform corporation and prescribed meds like vits, amox and para only.

He also said many of the docs are positive but not tested... Many people are positive but not tested. He was very cool and told my mom not to worry and self isolate at home.
I have contacted corporation to report. Hopefully they'll sanitize our area tomorrow.

So here's what I understand:
1. Community transmission is rampant in Chennai.
2. There's under-reporting of cases for sure. My family was asked to get tested only when we start showing symptoms.
3. The contact tracing is a joke cuz there is none.
4. The outside of covid OPD is horrible. Positive patients were in groups outside until allotment of beds. And normal people were roaming without proper masks unknowingly very close to the patients.
5. No hydroxychloroquine or zinc prescribed to the patient or the caregiver

Hope everyone in chennai reads this and is extra cautious more  

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Your experience are giving us a fright and nightmare. In India we have to grin and bear it. No one knows what is next.

Hope everyone in your family are fine and doing well more  
i SEE THE POINT MADE BY SMT REETA KUMAR. I do hope the patient will be ok. Let us pray.
The entire health system is under severe strain. I have no desire to defend the decision of the doctor but quite likely there were no beds available. I am told that the Doctors and other health care providers are giving this STOCK reply - stay at home quorantine ("since beds are all full " remains unspoken) I know this has happened in Bombay, The "famous Jaslok Hospital (near Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan) was CLOSED (repeat CLOSED ) for quite a few days since the rush was unmanageable. Apollo Hospital which does not exactly serve the "poor" (tho they claim to serve everyone without distinction of any kind) now charges Rs 75 000/ per roomper day and for isolation of a covid patient.
Once again my prayers Devendra Oza 94442-16627 more  
Ms. Reeta- Your situation that you went through can happen to anyone. Though many preventive measures of using face mask, social distancing have been repeatedly, advised to all people to use it, but many are not as serious as they should be being and living a society like ours.

I feel, my best advise, is not to send senior citizens/ person outside because they are the more vulnerable and chances of getting infected are high, as their immunity level will be low with age.

Thanks & regards,
Arun Kumar more  
Am scared . We are 2 of us at home at Gopalpuram, my self 80 and my wife 76. We r very very cautious from the beginning like ur mother, God forbid, anything happen to any of us, what will be our fate in the hospital or with the corporation. No one want to be really strict and serious regarding Corona. It is a time, every one should follow and apply the rules prescribed ignoring the tendency of “nothing will happen to me - I am strong”. more  
Sir nothing will happen to you & your wife as you said you are cautious . Observe the 3 most important instructions that has been grilled into our head .
In addition any vegetable that you buy wash soak in water mixed with salt and turmeric powder for 20 minutes . Dry on a cloth before putting in the fridge . Even milk & curd packets rinse and then keep in the fridge . more  
All along 'Survival of the fittest' term was commonly used in Animal Kingdom. Now its being experimented in Human beings also.
Most of our Governments across the nation, start well but mess up in the middle and never finish..... Commitment, accountability, responsibility....etc has no meaning .... A typical Lazy Kingdom.. more  
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