Health care worker Swasti Singh wearing her PPE at work. PHOTO Facebook

My experience working in a Covid-19 ICU

“What my colleagues and I have seen in the past week is beyond words. We are overwhelmed, afraid and shocked. I cannot go into the details of my ICU but what I can say is that you don’t want to be there as a patient nor do you want your loved ones to be there.”

DURBAN – Healthcare workers have expressed concern on how some people are taking lightly the coronavirus pandemic.

In a post, which drew hundreds of supportive comments, Swasti Singh who works in a Covid-19 ICU ward at a Hospital in Durban voiced her concern about how the public needs to be educated about the seriousness of pandemic and should refrain from taking it so lightly. 

“What my colleagues and I have seen in the past week is beyond words. We are overwhelmed, afraid and shocked. I cannot go into the details of my ICU but what I can say is that you don’t want to be there as a patient nor do you want your loved ones to be there. The public needs to be educated about the seriousness of the situation and should refrain taking it so lightly,”

“Nurses and Doctors are working more than they have ever had to work in their careers. I am talking about nurses with diabetes, asthma, hypertension. Covid-19 is not a joke. It is not something we should take lightly. I am astounded as to how many people are walking around with no masks and if they do have a mask they are not wearing it properly. What concerns me is that the general public does not see what is really going on and that is why I am sending this message,” said Singh.

Alida Portland who is a midwife at George Hospital in the Western Cape, who survived Covid-19, with her comorbidity of type 2 diabetes and hypertension also expressed her concern.

“People need to realise that Covid-19 can cause serious illness in some, and to protect those people, we need to take all the necessary precautions. We need to change our behaviour,” said.

Speaking during a briefing in Pretoria on Tuesday, researchers at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), said between two and five fake news stories related to the coronavirus were picked up each day.

“One of the misinformed fake news that we identified was that testing kits were rigged and will give false-positive results. This is based on reality because we do have testing kits. But it’s misinformation because it undermines the efforts of the South African government,” said researcher Nelisiwe Dlamini.

 

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