The number of patients of infectious diseases has drastically gone down. This is the flip side of the COVID19 virus. The dreaded viral infection, however, has caused rise in heart disease patients.
With the spread of Corona virus across the globe, compelling people to use masks, sanitizers, refrain from eating out, drink safe water.
Dr Rajesh Atal, Director of Swaraj Diagnostic and Healthcare Centre, Ramdaspeth stated that during the lockdown and even after that it was lifted, eating on road-side eateries was stopped. People have been using masks and crowing at one place was prevented. This resulted in drastic reduction in infections caused mainly due to water, spurious oil and also air-borne infections.
Dr Atal stated that during the second wave of Corona, the number of Corona patients were in very high number. However, the number of patients suffering from other diseases was very low.
It is established fact that more than 80 percent of the common diseases are water-borne. Even during the monsoon season the cases of water-borne diseases were comparatively less. During this season and during summer problems related to infections in digestive tract are reported in high number. However, during the last two years, affected by Corona virus, the number of these patients had reduced considerably.
Corona infection, however, has increased the number of heart patients. Formation of blood clots is common among the patients who were infected with Corona virus. This Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) occurs more among persons who had suffered from Corona, Dr Atal stated. He, however said that it has not been established that the tendency of blood clotting is caused due to medicines given for Corona treatment. Low level of oxygen may be a major cause, he added.
Dr Atal is a senior physician and is also incharge of Intenstive Care Unit (ICU) of Orange City Hospital and Research Centre, Nagpur.