Are PPE’s effective? Indian doctor in Dubai had a different experience

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Around 15 staff members of a Dubai-based healthcare provider who put their life at risk during a campaign that covered labour communities in Dubai’s different locations tested positive for Covid-19. The chain of clinics ran a round-the-clock campaign – seven days a week – offering screening tests and identifying suspected cases to help UAE eliminate the virus from neighbourhoods.

Dr Mariamma Philip, one of the doctors who was honoured in the ceremony after recovering from the disease, said she was on her OPD duty as a general practitioner at Right Health Clinic in Jebel Ali, when she started experiencing Covid-19 symptoms.”Dressed in full personal protective equipment (PPE), I was doing my normal consultations with suspected Covid patients in the OPD when I started experiencing severe body pain, weakness, headache and mild breathing difficulties. I finished my duty and on reaching home took medicine and rested. But the severity of these symptoms increased and I knew I had contracted Covid-19. A test the next day confirmed it.

“Although I took all precautions when I came back home from work, such as sterilising all my belongings and taking a shower, but my two children and husband also got infected and we home-quarantined as a family for over 15 days till we got our two negative tests.” Dr Mariamma was back to work on the eighteenth day since contracting the virus.

Nurse Jismy Unnikrishnan, who was treating patients with high temperature at the Right Health clinic, also contracted the virus but recovered in just 10 days. She was back to her regular duties at the clinic just 15 days after getting infected.