Amid the rise in COVID-19 cases in Telangana, several doctors and health workers have also got infected with the coronavirus.
Speaking to ANI, Dr Sambit, HOD of Critical Care at Krishna Institute of Medical Sciences (KIMS), said, “We are getting 50 cases every day, of which 25-40 are patients. Some doctors have also suffered, but most are either asymptomatic or are suffering from mild.”
He said that as a precaution, doctors with the infection have been advised to remain in isolation and not to come on duty till recovery.
“We have advised doctors to be careful during his surgery and take him out. Our router system ensures that not all doctors have surgery every day, which means the system is not overloaded and not everyone gets infected at the same time. The numbers given by epidemiologists do not match what we are seeing,” he said.
He further said that the number of hospital admissions in case of RT PCR positive is actually quite low, which indicates that people are asymptomatic or mild. However, it is not wise to take it lightly, especially for people with co-morbidities and the elderly, he said.
“There have been severe cases where patients taking only one dose required oxygen therapy. It is expected that the number of cases will increase over the next several days, and we can comment on the hospital load at that time. I would advise people not to self-medicate if they have fever, and they should wear a mask and take a booster,” Dr Sambit said.
Fortunately, 90 percent of Indians are immunized with a single dose, according to Dr Vijay Bhaskar, CEO, Ravi Helios Hospital, and have herd immunity that will prevent serious conditions.