It’s been over three months since the first coronavirus case was detected in Wuhan, China—and needless to say the world is in a frenzy. With mass hysteria and an acute shortage of hand sanitizers and masks, panic has taken over each and every one of us.
Apart from fear, this growing panic is also giving birth to a whole lot of misinformation—which is sending many people flocking to hospitals and clinics. So, how do you differentiate truth from myths? Better yet, how can you tell whether your symptoms are that of coronavirus or just the flu?
Well, this Ghaziabad doctor is answered all that more for his patients last week—and is now going viral on the Internet.
Meet Dr Anshul Varshney, who is trying to control the situation by reducing panic
On Saturday, Dr Varshney—who is a physician and a diabetologist—released a video on his Facebook page, where he can be seen addressing a slew of patients.
He starts the almost three-minute long video by explaining how just dry cough can happen because of pollution and is not a cause of worry. Next, he talks about how cough accompanied by phlegm and a runny nose is a sign of allergies. A runny nose, coughing fits, and chest congestion—however, he states—are a sign of viral infection and even swine flu.
After asking everyone not to panic, he starts describing the symptoms of coronavirus which everyone needs to be vary of. He says: Dry cough with high fever and breathlessness are the possible symptoms of coronavirus.
“Daro nahi corona se. Corona ek normal viral hai. Isse kuch nahi hoga. Woh normal viral ki tarah aata hai chala jaata hai. Bidagta uska hai jiski old age hai, juski immunity bahut kam hai, jisko diabetes hai, jisko sugar hai, jo cancer patient hai. Jiski immunity kam hai, chota sa viral uspe hamla kar deta hai,” he says in the video.
(Don’t be scared of corona. It is a normal viral, which don’t do anything. It’ll come like a viral infection and go away. It’s only dangerous for those with low immunity, diabetes, and cancer. Those who have low-immunity, this small viral infection attacks their body)
He also taught his patients how to cough and sneeze in order to avoid a spread of any infection and not just coronavirus.
The most commendable part of the video, however, was when Dr Varshney told the people in his clinic how to use their inner arm to elbow to cover their mouth and nose while sneezing.
“Yeh aaj nahi aage tak ke liye hai,” he says in the video. (This is not just important now, but also in the future.)
With a friendly smile, he asks everyone to stay calm, aware, and safe—and exits the frame to become the coronavirus warrior India desperately needs.