The quick and the dead
The number of covid-19 patients who died at home or lost their lives before reaching the hospital for treatment is as high as 1,640, according to data from the
Experts also attribute the lack of pulse oximeters to self-monitor
A majority of the 1,640 deaths that took place between March 16 and June 25, 2021 (barring four which happened between January 5 and March 5, 2021) were covid
patients who had opted for home isolation or did not get beds in the hospital or covid care centres on time. The common symptoms suffered by these patients were fever, cough and breathlessness. There were around 200 cases that were declared ‘brought dead’ by the hospitals, according to the
The victims include people from all age groups – children, teenagers, adults and senior citizens. A large number of victims were, however, aged above 60 years. What also stands out is the number of deaths in the age group of 20 to 50, which is over 274. There were close to 450 cases where the patient was healthy as he or she did not suffer from known co-morbidities such as diabetes and hypertension etc.
Dr Jagadish Hiremath of ACE Suhas Multispeciality hospital in
Covid-19 patients, he said, must check their oxygen saturation levels before and after a five-minute walk. “If the oxygen levels are down by 3 to 4 per cent, they have to find a hospital,” he said.
Even in the case of doctors, some of them have driven to hospitals not knowing that their oxygen saturation levels have been less than 90 per cent.
The Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) is yet to officially declare the number of deaths among patients who opted for home isolation. Randeep D., Special Commissioner (Health) in
Earlier in the day, BBMP Chief Commissioner
There is a claim that the home isolation deaths in BBMP zones are just around 900 but the chief commissioner said the report has not been submitted yet.