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Dr. Sushila Kataria, an internal medicine specialist at Medanta Hospital, Gurugram, describes what it was like treating group of 14 Italian tourists who were diagnosed with Coronavirus in early March 2020.

The group of tourists was among India’s first cases of the virus, which has infected more than 200,000 people across the world.

Every day, 42-year-old Kataria fought the language barrier as well as her patients’ fears and anguish in order to try and save their lives.

Except for one person who was the tour guide, all her patients are above 68 years and in the high-risk category. The doctor’s worst fear at times was that some of these patients might not survive and be united with their families back in Italy.

Kataria said, "[her patients] kept apologizing to me everyday for bringing the deadly virus to India”.

“My husband is suffering from inflammatory arthritis and the medication used for this makes him more vulnerable to severe infection. So we had to send him to our farmhouse. Also, my son was appearing for the Class X board exams and my daughter was highly apprehensive about my safety and the long-term consequences,” said Kataria.

What is the treatment like?

She said that the critical patients were given immunity interleukin-6 inhibitors, useful in immune-driven systemic inflammation, while the others were put on vitamin supplements and given general supportive care.

Kataria’s only contact with the patients was through voice as they couldn't see her face through the thick PPE. She had to touch and hold their hands often to strengthen the bond they have formed with each other.

The doctor also formed a WhatsApp group with the patients and their family members and kept posting hilarious posts to cheer them up.

Source: https://www.huffingtonpost.in/entry/indian-doctor-describes-what-its-like-treating-14-coronavirus-patients-in-isolation_in_5e73a73bc5b6eab77944139d
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