Bed­lam as pa­tients refuse to travel in crowded am­bu­lance

Hindustan Times (Jalandhar) - - HT SPOTLIGHT - Karn Pratap SIngh karn.singh@htlive.com

NEWDELHI: The gov­ern­ment’s new guide­lines that ev­ery new Covid-19 pa­tient be taken to a Covid Care Cen­tre (CCC), to as­sess if they need home iso­la­tion or hos­pi­tal­i­sa­tion, trig­gered chaos at Vas­ant Kunj’s B-1 block con­tain­ment zone on Tues­day night as at least 15 pa­tients re­fused to visit a CCC at YMCA near Con­naught Place, lo­cals and po­lice said.

The pa­tients were re­luc­tant to travel to­gether in the am­bu­lance ar­ranged by the dis­trict ad­min­is­tra­tion, say­ing they were afraid of con­tract­ing a “heav­ier vi­ral load from other in­fected per­sons”. Many de­manded that they should be al­lowed to re­main in home iso­la­tion or per­mit­ted to hire a pri­vate am­bu­lance if their visit to the CCC was manda­tory, se­nior po­lice of­fi­cers privy to the de­vel­op­ment said.

Doc­tors, how­ever, re­futed the res­i­dents’ claim that they might con­tract a more vir­u­lent strain by trav­el­ling with other in­fected per­sons. “If two Covid pos­i­tive pa­tients were in close prox­im­ity with each other, it will not in­flu­ence the dis­ease pat­tern. If the virus is in­side a body, then the sever­ity of symp­toms will de­pend on the af­fected in­di­vid­ual’s re­sponse to the dis­ease. Mild symp­to­matic cases will not turn se­vere merely by com­ing in con­tact with a se­verely symp­to­matic pa­tient,” Dr Srikant Sharma, se­nior con­sul­tant, medicine, Moolc­hand Hospi­tal, said.

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