Pragnya, 31, Indian, currently in Bhubneshwar (India) – Live: From The Pandemic

How did the COVID-19 pandemic affect you the most?

Namaste. Being a doctor and married to a doctor is not an easy job in this Corona time, especially when your love has to fight it out in the forefront & 700 km away from you. I was scared of those initial days where I saw patients without any protective gear (when Corona in India was not in the news): I wouldn’t go to my home which is just 30 min away by car because my parents, who are well above their 50s, reside there and as we all know COVID-19 affects the elderly real bad. The government acted pretty fast and state lockdown was announced even before the National lockdown but it’s really difficult to stay away from family in this crisis time. Initially, people weren’t that aware but as the COVID-19 numbers started building up, fear and despair also started building up: on the work front, the situation was gloomy. But then we always remember: country and countrymen first. A state representative would come and address the people at around 4:30 every day and we would listen to him with all ears. A similar provision was there for the whole country: it would be addressed and details would be given out and reassurance would be given to us because it’s always better to know your enemy, an unknown enemy is more dangerous. It was pretty depressing going through international news, knowing about the situation in Italy and US, having friends and fellow doctors there, talking to them and getting to know about the real picture (which was even worse) and yet comforting them, that things will be better soon and we are all together in this situation.

What is your wish for the future? 

All in all, I wish that the whole world should heal from COVID 19 situation, and we can go back to be together with our loved ones.

What would you like to be doing right now?  

I am a doctor, I am treating and will continue treating patients for the betterment of society.

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