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Ishaq Khan

PESHAWAR: “I still remember the pain of my mother when she was battling with the deadly virus, she could have been survived if we did not listen to the rumors and fake news about the coronavirus”.

This was said by Naseer Ahmed, a 44-year-old resident of Peshawar city. Naseer and his younger brother recovered from the coronavirus while his mother lost the battle against the deadly virus.

While talking to The Frontier Post, Naseer said, in the month of May his mother was throat and chest problems and we took her to a local doctor in the suburb of provincial capital, the doctor advised some medicines for the throat and chest infection as she was very uncomfortable because of continuous coughing.

“The doctor also suggested doing a corona test of the patient and make sure to follow the precautionary measures regarding the novel coronavirus with the aim to protect the other family members but we take it lightly as we were considering the virus as a joke,” he said.

“After three or four days she starts feeling problems in breathing but all of the family members were not ready to take her to hospital as they have feared that she will be quarantined”, Naseer lamented.

He further added that we heard the rumors that the hospital officials are putting every patient in the isolation ward and in the end; they handed over the body to the relatives and declared it as Covid-19 positive.

After the death of their mother, Naseer and his younger brother namely Javed Ahmed also faced the same problems of throat and chest infections, they rushed to the hospital and after the test, the doctor declared them as Covid-19 positive which was a clear sign that their mother was also a coronavirus patient as both the brothers were closely nursing her during the illness.

Coronavirus outbreak

Last year in December, Coronavirus outbreak was first experienced in the Wuhan City of China and later it spread rapidly in China and then worldwide in 209 countries of America, Europe, Australia and Asia.

There are more than 0.4 million mortalities and nine million-plus people have been affected globally, while the figure increases rapidly.

In Pakistan, with the arrival of Coronavirus on February 26, 2020, the government has reinforced partial lockdown, Pakistan coronavirus tally has risen to 196,895 and the death toll climbed to 3,989 as of 26 June, 2020.

The world adopted different tactics including increasing testing facilities, quarantine, and imposing lockdown intending to curb the spread of virus.

Facts about coronavirus

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), coronavirus disease is caused by a virus. Not by bacteria and adding that the virus that causes COVID-19 is in a family of viruses called Coronaviridae.

It added that some people who become ill with COVID-19 can also develop a bacterial infection as a complication.

Symptoms

People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. These symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus: Fever, Cough, Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, Chills, Repeated shaking with chills, Muscle pain, Headache, Sore throat, the new loss of taste or smell.

Rumors and fake news

Coronavirus is now one of the major issues around the world and all the countries are fighting against this virus to make sure the safety of the citizens but unfortunately that many myths and wrong information are circulating on social media which affecting the people’s attitude and thinking towards the virus in Pakistan.

A survey conducted by Gallup Pakistan found that nearly 55% Pakistanis believed that Covid-19 threat is exaggerated. The wrong believes and information becoming the reason for spreading the virus across the country.

Despite the rapidly spreading virus in a different part of the world, The Frontier Post found that the some of the Peshawarities still believed that virus is just a joke and western countries plan to impose their agenda in the world in the name of this virus.

Gul Rehman, resident of Peshawar believed that how can a virus spread so quickly in every part of the world? This is just a joke and becoming a tool of putting the underdeveloped country into further poverty to maintain the supremacy of the powerful nations.

Gul added that I am not following the precautionary measures as we have seen that some people were fit and healthy and after the medical test the doctors declared them as corona positive which can create doubts in any person’s mind.

“The virus is not going to harm the people as it is just flu and the patient will recover in some days, he believed”.

Amjad Khan Marwat, an Advocate by profession said that it is very unfortunate that our people are still in doubts about the deadly virus even though it took thousands of lives around the world and now the virus spread seems to be out of control in Pakistan as we witnessed the rapidly increasing infected patients in the country.

Amjad suggested that the government needs to further aware the people regarding the pandemic and convinced them to follow the SOPs to make sure the safety of the other people and curb the spread of virus.

“If anyone has doubts about the disease, please stop that negative thinking as I experienced the pain and difficulty after contracting the virus, so it is better to follow the precautionary measures then regretting the entire life after losing the loved one, Naseer added.”

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