My Covid Experience

‘Everybody made us feel like an outcast’

‘Everybody made us feel like an outcast’

Komal Rana.

Komal Rana (28), a mother of three-year-old daughter, who resides at Surya Vihar, on July 10 had tested positive for the deadly coronavirus. She says apart from treatment, preparing yourself mentally was the primary task. She shares her ordeal through the gruelling period...

“It was on July 10, Friday, when I contracted the disease. Moments after testing positive, my road to recovery began. Though, I don't know the exact chain, I think I contracted it from my mother, who had started showing symptoms from July 7 onwards. The beginning ones were mild fever accompanied by body shivers and frequent headaches. I had gone to visit my maternal family due to some family function. My father and brother had also tested positive after my mother. We didn't know the exact source, but we thought my mother got it after visiting a market or through my father who's a shopkeeper," she shares.

“Whereas, until their reports came, I had come back to my house (in-laws), after knowing that my mother was a victim of the virus. I masked and gloved myself. Although, I didn't know if I had the virus, I didn't want to be a carrier in my house,” Komal of course didn't want her 3-year-old daughter and elderly father-in-law and mother-in-law to be infected. “But things changed, I felt like as if I had lost my sense of smell and taste,” she adds.

Her reports had come positive. “But my family remained safe and didn't show any symptoms. Before, I could think of anything, an ambulance reached our home and took me to a quarantine centre. After a few hours of stay there, doctors allowed me for home isolation, as I was asymptomatic with no co-morbidities,” she tells.

“My whole family, especially my husband, remained supportive throughout my recovery period of 14 days. Away from other members, I was isolated in a room on the second floor of our house where nobody lives. I was given a thermometer to monitor my temperature everyday, reports of which were sent to ASHA workers,” Komal narrates.

The initial days were really hard to cope with as she was being socially avoided. “...as everybody around us saw us differently and made us feel outcast. Luckily, my family members, who were also in home isolation supported me and took care of my needs. My husband would keep the food and other essentials outside my room and I would dispose off all the items used by me in a separate dustbin,” she says.

Meanwhile, to deal with the mental torture, she would meditate daily, do breathing exercises and spoke to her friends over the phone to keep her positivity levels up. “Subsequently, after 15 days’ isolation, I had fully recovered and my reports were negative. But I don't forget to take the precautions even now. As part of my initial journey, I still drink herbal tea, turmeric milk, hot water and wash my hands frequently,” she explains.

She suggests that kadha mixed with ashwagandha, ginger, tulsi and honey in lukewarm water refrains the possibility of any other symptoms.

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