Muscat Daily

COVID-19 is no joke: Recovered doctor

- Our Correspond­ent

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


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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