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COVID-19 PATIENTS ON THE RUN: A THREAT TO THE COMMUNITY?

 

Several patients of the new pandemic Corona virus have absconded from testing centers and places of health care within the country and have moved to other areas widening the spread of disease and denying themselves much needed health care.

What can prompt such bold disregard for risks to human lives (theirs and that of the general public that comes in contact with them)?

Do we place the matter at the feet of ignorance? The myths concerning Corona virus are too numerous to be named and people despite the amount of information floating around find it hard to differentiate fact from conspiracy theories and this may lead them to leave the hospital for alternative medical care. Or are they afraid of an unknown symptom that could end everything? Or could they have lost confidence in the medical care?

No matter what it is, hospitals are advised to put tight security measures in place so as to manage the spread of the pandemic and they should also enlighten the patients on the rays of hope available to them so that they will stay and receive the care given to them.

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