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LETTER TO EDITOR
Year : 2020  |  Volume : 10  |  Issue : 6  |  Page : 314-315

Corona warriors under risk during COVID-19 pandemic


Department of Mechanical Engineering, I. K. Gujral Punjab Technical University Hoshiarpur Campus, Hoshiarpur, Punjab, India

Date of Submission23-Nov-2020
Date of Acceptance01-Dec-2020
Date of Web Publication24-Dec-2020

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Shashi Bahl
Department of Mechanical Engineering, I. K. Gujral Punjab Technical University Hoshiarpur Campus, Hoshiarpur - 146 001, Punjab
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/cmrp.cmrp_69_20

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Bahl S, Goyal T. Corona warriors under risk during COVID-19 pandemic. Curr Med Res Pract 2020;10:314-5

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Bahl S, Goyal T. Corona warriors under risk during COVID-19 pandemic. Curr Med Res Pract [serial online] 2020 [cited 2021 Jan 25];10:314-5. Available from: http://www.cmrp.org/text.asp?2020/10/6/314/304834



Dear Editor,

COVID-19 has emerged as a pandemic for the world population, especially for so-called corona warriors, i.e. doctors, nurses, healthcare professionals, police/army personnel and media.[1] Movement of most of the persons was restricted because of lockdown arising out of COVID-19 pandemic.[2],[3],[4],[5],[6] However, it was corona warriors who have to bear maximum social, mental, physical and economic pressure as of COVID-19. These brave hearts were left with direct and indirect contact with COVID-19 patients with or without proper personal protective equipment,[7] whereas others were required to follow the physical distancing norms and other guidelines issued by Government and other health organisations. Corona warriors worked for long hours, touched the articles and stayed away from the families due to which their immediate family members suffered from the feeling of extreme anxiety. The precious life of warriors and their immediate family members were at a high risk of transmitting MERS-CoV.[8],[9] Moreover, the lack of support at the levels of governments, hospitals and other places even added to their stigma.

The situation had been worsening day by day in India as the number of reported positive cases and the deaths as a result of COVID-19 is increasing. The positive cases have been reported for the upfront workers/officials, celebrities, politicians, bureaucrats, etc. There has been acute shortage of ventilators required for supporting patients.[10] As seen from the recent trends, persons who are cautious enough and have comparatively lesser public dealings are not getting infected. A number of technologies have been reported for early detection of coronavirus and providing healthcare facilities to the COVID-19 patients from the remote place.[11],[12],[13] A recent study conducted by MIT reported that it is predicted that India would have around 0.287 million cases daily in the starting months of the year 2021. In the wake of this worsening situation, a serious thought is needed at all levels to defend and protect these corona warriors from getting infected quite frequently as they get in touch with the public to further deteriorate the situation in the country.

We personally believe that this is a wake eye call for all of us to give a preference to health and education to devise some ways and methods to compensate these warriors in the form of allowances, leaves, travel and other benefits who were made to fight this war-like situation without proper equipment after the country/world gets out of this pandemic.

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