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PERSPECTIVE

Perspective on Experience of Being an Asymptomatic COVID-19-positive Healthcare Professional

Tulika M Agarwal, Talat Chughtai

Keywords : Coronavirus, COVID-19, Emergency physicians, Entrapped, Experiences, Level 1 trauma center, Pandemics, Quality of life, Stress, Trauma surgery

Citation Information : Agarwal TM, Chughtai T. Perspective on Experience of Being an Asymptomatic COVID-19-positive Healthcare Professional. Panam J Trauma Crit Care Emerg Surg 2020; 9 (3):195-197.

DOI: 10.5005/jp-journals-10030-1301

License: CC BY-NC 4.0

Published Online: 15-01-2020

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2020; Jaypee Brothers Medical Publishers (P) Ltd.


Abstract

The pandemic of coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-19) has moved the whole world. Uncertainty generates vulnerability and a loss of control in patients who are diagnosed as COVID-19 positive while they are still asymptomatic. There is a tendency to experience guilt, fear stigma, and speculate future symptoms. Isolation could have a deeply distressing impact on human beings and the sooner one finds the means to cope with the same, he starts regaining the lost sense of control. Sharing such experiences helps answer a lot of questions that one may have in his mind about what could possibly happen if he is diagnosed positive for COVID-19, while he is still feeling normal, thereby reducing the associated stress. Sharing experiences and learning from each other’s experience has been a psychological skill that we human beings have used time and again to derive a sense of control when confronted with challenging situations in life. Experiences of a healthcare professional who is a surgeon, completely asymptomatic, but diagnosed positive for COVID-19, have been shared in this article to bring forth how one’s journey into something unknown and distressing can sometimes have a positive impact in his life. This article could be comforting to people who may have to go through a similar experience in the times to come.


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