Doctor, who identified 2nd wave of COVID-19 in state, returns to duty after quarantine
Ranni: The doctor who played a significant role in identifying the second wave of coronavirus in the state has completed his isolation period on Friday. After a gap of one month, Dr Anand will return to Pathanamthitta Taluk hospital for duty on Sunday.
The relatives of the Ranni family who returned from Italy went to Dr Anand after they experienced fever. The doctor was also in isolation since March 8, when the family tested positive for the virus.
Aithala natives Joseph and wife went to the doctor with fever and fatigue on March 6. Anand said he had suspicions, as soon as they told him about their Italy-returned relatives and about their symptoms. The health department had issued an advisory to pay attention to the symptoms of patients after the first case was reported in the state.
Anand said that he had prayed for them to test negative when they were sent to Pathanamthitta General Hospital after completing all the tests. He was also nervous when the three Italy returnees tested positive for the virus as they could have spread the virus to a lot of people including their family.
He was then asked to go under quarantine as per the instruction of the health department. His mother Uma, a retired teacher, cooked food for him and left it outside his room. He spent the 28-days reading books and watching TV. He did not step out of his house until Friday.
Anand said that it was very important to follow the instructions given by the authorities as no cure for the virus has been developed. He also added that it was really fortunate that the virus did not spread to more people in Ranni.