One Year of Corona in India: 'People were starting to understand stigma', first Delhi's Covid 19 patient reported pain
When textiles interpreter Rohit Dutta arrived at Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi on February 25, there were only talks about his son's birthday. Rohit Dutta went to Italy for a two-week tour with two of his relatives. Dutta often goes on business trips, this trip to Italy was also one of them.
The day he returned to Delhi, Rohit Dutta (45 years) had a fever at night, though he ignored it, because light fever is common and usually happens to people. The next day he ate a fever pill and went to the local doctor for a checkup. The doctor gave him the medicine for the next three days. His symptoms began to improve rapidly with medicines.
On February 28, he held a party for his son's birthday at the Hyatt Regency in South Delhi. On the same day, Rohit Dutta realized that he was getting fever again. By then, Dutta had only seen the havoc of Corona in Italy, where he had recently visited. There were only four cases of Corona in India at that time. He was very upset with the fever coming back.
On February 29, Datta went to Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital for the test of Kovid-19 when the symptoms of corona started coming out clearly. On 2 March, he received the Corona Test positive. When Rohit Dutta was found Corona Positive, there were only four Corona patients in India at that time, i.e. he was the fifth Corona patient in the country and the first in Delhi. Dutta said, 'I did not know much about this disease when I had corona infection'.
'I thought everything would be the same'
Dutta was treated at Safdarjung Hospital, which was one of the two hospitals selected for the treatment of Kovid-19 patient at that time. Dutta had mild symptoms of corona, such as fever and cough. Dutta explains, 'I thought that after 14 days of quarantine I will come back to my life as usual and after lockdown everything will be like before. Although I never thought that after me so many people will be infected with corona '.
Dutta definitely had a corona, but his health was normal. In the early stages of Corona, there was a big challenge in front of people being found infected with Corona. This challenge was the stigma and accusations that took place after being found Corona positive. When the news of Dutta's corona being infected came to the fore, he was criticized everywhere as well as his family had to face disdain.
'My personal life was made public'
While he was in the hospital. Then he found that his phone number, his pictures and the complete information of his two children had come to the public domain. Not only this, he also started receiving many unknown phones, which he had to block 1,500 phone numbers to stop. Datta said, 'I also got a police complaint online, but nothing could be achieved. Not only this, my discharge papers also started coming in the news, while there was no such thing.
Dutta, a resident of Mayur Vihar, said, 'Kovid-19 has changed his life. Instead of five friends, I meet only one friend now. I miss going to my mall. I am a businessman, so I have to get face-to-face from my customer. But now traveling has become extremely difficult. May God end all this troubles this year '. In the first few months of Corona, he realized that people were ignorant and he started judging him. A lot was being told about me in the news.