New Delhi: The warning comes from Sir Ganga Ram hospital- never ever ignore seemingly innocuous COVID systems doing which may land you in serious situation. In some those symptoms may go wild any time if you sleep over the matter thinking they would away of their own. The hospital has received close to two dozen such patients who overlooked early mild signs.
Sir Ganga Ram Hospital of late has been receiving patients who did not pay attention to mild symptoms of Covid and did not get themselves tested. They took it lightly, thinking that the symptoms will resolve on its own.
These patients rushed to the hospital when they started having moderate to major complications of Covid. The complications included: high grade fever, severe body and muscle aches, stroke, leg thrombosis, lung fibrosis and cardiac involvement.
According to Dr Atul Kakar , Vice-Chairperson, Department of Internal Medicine , Sir Ganga Ram Hospital , “In last month alone we have treated close to 30 patients of Covid induced moderate to major complications with no test of Covid being done. Covid antibody test in all these patients was found to be positive. These patients came with involvement of Lungs, Nervous system, Heart and Blood Vessels. Many patients who had lung involvement required oxygen term supplementation and few special medications.”
Severity of these diseases could have been limited if early testing and treatment would have been done.
“People with any of the mild symptoms of Covid should not take it lightly. They should get tested immediately and should be under medical supervision. Any persistence or deterioration should be reported on urgent basis” added Dr Kakar .
Although in majority of cases , Covid is a self limiting disease, but testing and supervision is essential in all patients specially elderly patients or patients who are immune-compromised or have pre existing diseases like diabetes, cancers, lung or kidney diseases. It affects different people in different ways. Most of the infected people will develop mild to moderate illness and recover with home isolation.
Most common symptoms of Covid are, fever, dry cough , and tiredness. Other symptoms include aches and pains, sore throat , diarrhoea, conjunctivitis, head ache, loss of taste or smell, a rash on the skin or discolouration of fingers or toes. Best way to avoid Covid is by social distancing, wearing masks and hand washing.