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Year : 2022  |  Volume : 6  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 196-197

A chunk of coal

Department of Psychiatry, INHS Asvini, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

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Dr. Shradha Khatri
Department of Psychiatry, INHS Asvini, Mumbai - 400 005, Maharashtra
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/aip.aip_70_22

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Introduction: In December 2019, an outbreak of pneumonia of unknown origin was reported in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China and the World Health Organization declared it as a pandemic on 12 March 2020. The pandemic had devastating repercussions in form of human lives, economy and mental health. Method: This article brings in light the experiences, expectations and coping mechanisms of the author during raging 30-days duty in a 250 bedded isolated Covid-19 pneumonia ward. Results: While the world stagnated in the walls of their residence, the health care workers, donning the badge of “Duty to serve”, faced a real-time war against the pandemic with sidelines of stigma, discrimination and mental trauma, in their stride with their heads held high. Conclusions: The article focuses on helpless, frustrating yet intriguing journey through the experiences encountered in midst of the second wave of the pandemic, ending with a sense of humility, gratitude, resilience and post-traumatic growth.

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