Amitabh Bachchan pens emotional note on psychological impacts of COVID-19
Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan and his son Abhishek tested positive for coronavirus and are undergoing treatement in Mumbai
Actor Amitabh Bachchan, who is currently seeking Covid-19 treatment at Nanavati Hospital in Mumbai, has opened up on the alarming effects of the deadly virus on the mental health of the patients.
Taking to his blog, Big B penned a lengthy note. "The aftercare has ever been the deciding and most valuable time on recovery after the incident of medical professional doctoring in the patient's life. There is one note of matter that seems trivial but it is a factor... the mental conditions and the effects of the disease... clinically, medically all that is known to be effective, yet very little is known that remains hidden, unseen and not visible... matters of the mind often are not. The mental state sparks from the stark reality that the Covid-19 patient, put in hospitalised isolation, never gets to see another human... for weeks," he wrote.
Amitabh shared how he was unable to interact much with the doctors, owing to the fear of contamination. "There are the nurses and the doctors on visit and medicine care... but they ever appear in PPE units... you never get to know who they are, what are their features, expressions because they are forever covered in the units for protection.''
"Does it have an effect psychologically mentally, psychologists say it does... patients after release are tempered... they are given to consultation with professional mind talkers... they are afraid to be in public for fear or apprehension of being treated differently... treated as one that has carried the disease … a pariah syndrome... driving them into deeper depression and in the loneliness that they have just come out of," Big B added.
The 77-year-old actor also highlighted the changes implemented in the medical sector amid the ongoing coronavirus outbreak. "And even though the disease may have left the system, the cases of a low fever pursuing for 3-4 weeks is never ruled out. The long and short of it is this — the world has not found a foolproof methodology on the disease... every case is different... each day a new symptom is under observation and research. Never before has the medical realm been so handicapped... not just one or two regions... the entire universe."
Abhishek Bachchan, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and daughter Aaradhya are also currently hospitalised with coronavirus infection.