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Tue May 4, 2021, 09:11 PM

I have a number of colleagues born in India. In the last month, two had their mothers die...

...from Covid.

One of the mothers was elderly; her husband (my colleague's father) also had it but is expected to survive.

The other colleague is probably in her late 20's; I don't know much about her family, but presumably her mother might have been middle aged.

Another colleague has a brother in the early 50's who's been in and out of the hospital, but as a medical professional, happens to own an oxygen generator.

It's bad over there.

The government there sounds rather Trumpian.

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NNadir May 2021 OP
Irish_Dem May 2021 #1
Buckeye_Democrat May 2021 #2
NNadir May 2021 #3
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Response to NNadir (Original post)

Tue May 4, 2021, 09:19 PM

1. That was us a year ago. I feel for them, it is hell on earth.

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Response to NNadir (Original post)

Tue May 4, 2021, 09:24 PM

2. Such a sad situation over there.

After stringent lockdown measures that worked so well over there, Modi baselessly declared "victory" over the pandemic in January, like an Indian version of Trump. Then people were encouraged to participate in massive pilgrimages and social groupings for a Hindu festival, among other things.

The wails of sorrow around the 5-minute mark of this video are so heartbreaking.

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Response to Buckeye_Democrat (Reply #2)

Tue May 4, 2021, 09:46 PM

3. It's really terrible. It was bad here, but I've been to India, and understand how it must be worse.

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Response to NNadir (Reply #3)

Tue May 4, 2021, 10:05 PM

4. And their reported new cases and deaths...

... are possibly three times worse than reported. Many poor can't even get medical treatment.



The virus spreading throughout India has been much more contagious and severe than the original too:
https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/andhra-pradesh/ap-strain-at-least-15-times-more-virulent/article34474035.ece
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Confirming the enhanced power of the virus, District COVID Special Officer and Principal of Andhra Medical College P.V. Sudhakar said, “We have observed that the new variant has shorter incubation period and the progress of the disease is much rapid. In the earlier cases, a patient affected with the virus would take at least a week to reach the hypoxia or dyspnea stage. But in the present context, patients are reaching the serious condition stage within three or four days. And that is why there is heavy pressure on beds with oxygen or ICU beds,” he said.

Experts also point out that unlike during the first wave, a shorter exposure is enough to acquire the virus, which enables an infected person to infect four to five persons, within a shorter contact span.

“Most essentially, none is spared, as we have observed that it is affecting the younger population in a big way, including those who are fitness freaks and have high immunity levels. It is also observed that cytokine storm is occurring faster, and some are responding to treatment and some are not,” said Dr. Sudhakar.
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Absolutely terrible, and so unnecessary!

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