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Coronavirus | Stress, fear and the healing touch in Andhra Pradesh’s Chittoor

Reporting of a Covid casualty has left a street deserted and forcing residents indoors at Puttur in Chittoor district.   | Photo Credit: K_ UMASHANKER

After some Class X students tested COVID-19 positive on April 29, Ravi Kumar (41), a biology teacher at the municipal high school at Nagari was gripped with fear.

Mr. Kumar, who has a physical challenge from polio, had travelled 20 km from home to the school several days last month. The fact that three of his colleagues had succumbed to COVID had whipped up his worst fears.

When he too tested positive, Mr. Kumar said, “I thought my days were numbered. I wept like a child. My wife and children were shaken.” In the next two days, all the family members tested positive. But timely help came from the field staff at a primary health centre.

“We were taken to the triage Centre at Nagari. We were advised home isolation and given medicine kits. Till last night, it was hell for my father with body pains and severe headache,” Mr. Kumar’s 17-year-old daughter Geetha said.

Deputy District Medical and Health Officer and District Nodal Officer (Triage Centres) P. Ravi Raju said: “We urge the COVID field staff to instil confidence among the patients and help them shed the fears.”


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