As a foreign journalist, my job is to tell Indian stories, not to have them. But when I started to feel fever and I wrote a story about Covid-19 vaccine formulation last month, I had a stomach ache and felt that the Sars-Cov-2 virus had been detected.
I was hoping that fatigue would just go to sleep but the next day, still sick, I was encouraged to get tested for Covid. The high-end cable, which originally had a home test function, had stopped answering his phones and answering online requests. But a friend of the doctor persuaded one of the professional phlebotomists lab to take my samples. Two days later, the results confirmed that I was a member of dangerous coronavirus wave beating India and pushing its health systems to the brink of extinction.
Over the next few days, my condition worsened. But it was still difficult to get sick because of the well-known ones unexpected the virus knowing that drugs, medical beds and air is scarce. I was always worried and would find it difficult to get medical help when I got worse.
I quickly realized that I was trying to avoid the disease, so I did not know what to do when I got sick. A friend referred me to a Kolkata infectious disease specialist, who felt that I could not be too sick. I received my first Covid vaccine 10 days before my fever started. But the doctor told me to cure the disease from the beginning confusion in hospitals.
He prescribed an antiretroviral drug, favipiravir, which is used here clinical trials in the UK as a Covid-19 supplement but has already been approved in India for emergency use. Many of his patients drank, he said, and no one suffered the most, including people in their 90s.
In most cases, I do not need medication. I knew that the effectiveness of favipiravir as a coronavirus drug had not yet been scientifically proven. But when hospitals turn patients into patients, the idea is to take it test product logical. The problem, I realized, was that I had to find it.
I called for five pharmacists, but all of them were gone. Your friend also called six other unanswered people. I panicked – the doctor wanted me to start treatment immediately and Delhi was just a few hours away from the end of the weekend. Then a friend of mine, who heard that I was a confident Covid-19, called.
“I need this medicine,” I told her. “Where can you find it?” He said he would find out. It turned out that people who foresaw the future fixed minor emergencies. The friend had such a stash and was eager to share it with them.
I was so happy that the pills started taking the same night. But it was not enough for the prescribed courses. A few days later I spent many hours phoning for more medical attention, and then I asked a factory friend to help me.
My problems are less than the distress, frustration, and sadness that overwhelm my hospital room. My Twitter feed was filled with requests for hospital beds, oxygen cylinders, antimicrobials, plasma or space in the intensive care unit. Top hospitals asked on Twitter to help on shortness of breath goods. Many friends and experts work together to save their lives. The doctor’s friends were crying in a fit of rage.
There was a lot of bad news about death. The past Indian Ambassador died after hours of waiting in a hospital parking lot to receive; exhausted patients; a senior 34-year-old politician, junior journalists. Crematoriums were wrestling with bodies that had never been seen before.
I thought I needed to deal with these problems, to make sure I got better and to protect my health. I have stopped looking at Twitter. Newspapers piled up, uneducated.
As soon as I heard the cry and relinquished, I saw that Narendra Modi’s government had illegally developed a vaccine for all 18-year-olds, even a great need a jabs.
And thousands of people die every day, often because of a lack of medical care, the health minister only cites suspicious evidence to kill Covid Indians they were inferior to rich nations – never to comfort bereaved families.
Today, I have recovered from the virus. It will take a long time to alleviate the pain that has manifested itself and to fill the place I call home.