They need compassion and support, not bashing, say readers in response to StarMetro’s cover story on the troubles faced by former Covid-19 patients.
The two-page report explored the emotional ups and downs of three people, from the moment they tested positive to when they were discharged from government-approved quarantine facilities.
It triggered an outpouring of support from readers, who sympathised with the ordeal of those featured.
A civil servant, who only wanted to be known as Muhammad Sazali, 29, said it was important for communities to show their support so that these former Covid-19 patients could move on with their lives.
“Although they have recovered physically, many could still have emotional trauma from the quarantine experience.
“The bashing on social media and from members of the local community will only exacerbate the problem, ” he said.
IT executive Nadilla Mohd Zain, 30, said the government needed to educate the public that former Covid-19 patients were no longer infectious.
“Having said that, we should all mask up and keep our physical distance from one another to limit the risk of getting infected, ” she said.
Administrative executive Hariz Hamzah, 34, said local communities had a role to play by disseminating correct information to others.
“Always get your information from credible media outlets to ensure you are not misled into causing fear and panic.
“The lack of knowledge is causing society to discriminate former Covid-19 patients, ” he said.
Facebook user Ruby Raj recalled the experience of her neighbour, who had to undergo home quarantine after being in close contact with someone who tested positive.
“Some residents at our apartment ‘harassed’ her to get her test results quickly so they could figure out the next steps.
“But no one asked her if she had enough food in her unit or needed anything else, ” she said.
Another reader, Grace Tan, said the pandemic was a time to support one another and not criticise others.
“Showing concern and helping former Covid-19 patients is what we should do. If you cannot show concern, then don’t spread hate, ” she noted.
Arvindra Chandra said the health crisis had exposed the true colours of some people in society.
“I feel sorry for those who have tested positive and I hope they
will get well soon, ” he said, adding that employers needed to show empathy to employees who had contracted the virus. — By FARID WAHAB