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COVID-19 is no joke: Re­cov­ered doc­tor

- Our Correspond­ent Health · Mental Health · Medicine · Healthy Living · Health Conditions · New Zealand Ministry of Health · Ministry of National Health Services, Regulation and Coordination

The novel coro­n­avirus (COVID-19) is not a joke, it can re­sult in hos­pi­tal­i­sa­tion in in­ten­sive care unit (ICU) for weeks, warned Dr Anas bin Nasser al Kamyani, fam­ily and com­mu­nity physi­cian at the Min­istry of Health, who has re­cov­ered from the dis­ease.

“I was hos­pi­talised for five whole weeks, mostly in the ICU un­der anaes­the­sia,” Dr Kamyani told the press on Thurs­day.

He added, “I was in me­chan­i­cal ven­ti­la­tion sup­port with feed­ing tubes. The symp­toms were dis­tress­ing like breath­ing dif­fi­culty, high body tem­per­a­ture and acute pneu­mo­nia. We should be aware, care­ful and deal with ev­ery­one as if they were in­fected.”

He de­scribed his brush with the dis­ease as ter­ri­ble.

“The worst thing is that I had been ly­ing in the ICU for a long time, un­able to move. The gen­eral anaes­the­sia can cause ter­ri­ble mus­cu­lar atro

DR ANAS AL KAMYANI

phy (loss of mus­cle mass). In the be­gin­ning, it was hard for me to move. My voice also changed be­cause of the me­chan­i­cal ven­ti­la­tion. I got out of the sit­u­a­tion by hav­ing phys­i­cal ther­apy.”

He ex­plained that the dis­ease is new, so the world and health­care work­ers have no prior ex­pe­ri­ence and no treat­ment for it yet.

“It is never easy for any­one when their rel­a­tive is on a ven­ti­la­tor. I am still suf­fer­ing from some com­pli­ca­tions, such as dif­fi­culty in breath­ing and a change in my voice. There may be other com­pli­ca­tions that could last for months,” said Dr Kamyani.

He warned peo­ple not to un­der­es­ti­mate the dis­ease.

“It has been spread­ing be­yond our ex­pec­ta­tions. I want to thank all my col­leagues in the health sec­tor as I know their enor­mous ef­forts in coun­ter­ing this pan­demic. My ad­vice to all is to never un­der­es­ti­mate the sever­ity of this virus. We don't have an op­tion but to counter it by be­ing care­ful and tak­ing all pre­cau­tions,” said Dr Kamyani.

I was hos­pi­talised for five whole weeks, mostly in the ICU, un­der anaes­the­sia and ven­ti­la­tion sup­port

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