“Stigma attached to COVID-19 patients uncalled for, should be ended”




Srinagar: Kashmir’s leading pulmonologist and head of Chest Disease Hospital Srinagar, Dr. Naveed Nazir Shah, said that Srinagar will soon move into the stage of discharging recovered COVID-19 patients and that it is important to understand that these persons are now as normal as others.

He said that while it is understandable that people are scared of COVID-19 and one must take all precautions as required, it is also important to understand that those who had it and have now recovered are just as free from it as others who don’t have it.

Dr. Shah added that the stigma that has been seen as having been attached to someone affected with this infection is uncalled-for and it is important to end it for all societies to live a normal life.

“There is no risk of transmission after a patient has recovered and become negative for the viral load,” he said, adding however that as a precaution the recovered person must remain under quarantine for the required period after discharge from the hospital.

The doctor said all such people should keep themselves isolated from others until their home quarantine following hospital release has completed, adding that relatives and friends should also not go visit them until their quarantine has completed.


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