Sachin interacts with Amritha to know about the challenges while fighting Covid activities
Dancer and Management Consultant Amritha Jayakrishnan is the granddaughter of late poet ONV Kurup. She is currently residing in London with her husband.
Her husband Pranav Shylendra is a doctor and works in the frontline of COVID-19 prevention activities. She decided to focus on prevention activities after she was diagnosed with COVID-19 and cured of it. Sachin also wanted to know about this as well.
“Amritha did not run away from the disease. Instead, you were ready to work amongst the patients once you were cured of the disease. What was the reason behind that decision?” Sachin asked.
"Me and Pranav were diagnosed with COVID-19 in the first week of April. He is a doctor involved in COVID-19 prevention activities and so when the disease spread to the UK, we saw all possibilities in which we could get infected. As expected, both of us were infected by the virus despite taking all the necessary precautions. However, the symptoms were not severe.
What was most challenging at this point of time was the limitation to do testing. Pranav’s samples were tested as he is a frontline worker. But I was not eligible for testing as I was an ordinary citizen. So the only option was to stay in isolation at home.
What was most painful for me was not knowing that I had contracted the disease. People step out of their homes without knowing they are infected. This is one of the reasons why the transmission of disease became so severe.
I thought of how we could contribute to help the situation once I got better. I came to know of volunteer groups working on testing assistance. That’s how I joined the organization called COVID-19 Volunteer Testing Network.
We even provide financial assistance to test for the virus. We are only thinking of identifying positive patients via testing and isolate them in order to defeat the virus.