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Covid-19: The fallout is hurtful

Bikram Vohra/Dubai
Filed on June 10, 2020 | Last updated on June 10, 2020 at 01.58 pm
coronavirus, covid-19, family, infection

(alamy.com/ae)

For every patient dozens are affected, not in passing but in actuality, but no one talks of those figures.

Nothing tragic in life has any major impact unless you are hit directly. Then all hell breaks loose and you are left holding a prickly pear.

The disbelief and the shock sieve through a tunnel of rage and helplessness, one feeding the other. A common enough day is kicked in the head and turned into unimaginable turmoil. Was it only four hours ago that the lunch menu was a priority? Now a loved one has Covid-19, is in the CCU, then moved to isolation and the doctors nod wisely but guardedly and the immediate family is marooned a thousand miles away, relatives and friends turning the asking of updates into a maddening mobile phone relay for the wife who is also groping in the dark.

Then comes the utter chaos, the degrees of separation, the driver who drove to hospital, the cousin who went with him, the household staff, the ever increasing circles of contact, even semi-strangers, should they be warned, asked to take the test, it's only fair, the big exhausting pointless debate, where did he get it from, does it matter, he has got it. Three grown-up children, their husbands and wives and children. Do we fly or save our selves? Take the risk because that is unquestioning duty or does the message come from the patient struggling to breathe, don't come, stay where you are, do not bring the kids, are you mad, the sensible dereliction fostering spurts if guilt that blend with the stress and the anxiety. For every patient dozens are affected, not in passing but in actuality, but no one talks of those figures. We talk only core figures and seem to be unable to grasp the enormity of the fallout on others and the hit they take.


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