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COVID-19 – A Rural Doctor’s perspective


The first case of COVID-19 was reported in January 2020. The Coronavirus in distant Kerala looked inconsequential. After all, we lived in geographically remote, isolated, and largely inaccessible locations.

We assumed we were “relatively” safe since we lived far away from the hot spots. But that was not to be. A confirmed COVID-19 case, closer to our district, was reported. Soon enough, many COVID-19 positive cases were reported in the neighbourhood.

Suddenly, COVID-19 became a reality we had to live (or die) with. Unfortunately, the abrupt nationwide lockdown did not slow down the virus spread across India.