“Panic makes our immune systems weak. The key thing is to follow recommendations and stay positive.”
Wise words from Dr Hasan Imrul, who came from Bangladesh to what was then the Soviet Republic of Byelorussia (now Belarus) 29 years ago to study at medical university. Now he’s on the frontline of the country’s COVID-19 response.
“This month I had about 400 patients that approached me with symptoms of the flu or a common cold. Obviously, all of them were concerned that they might have caught COVID-19”, he says. “Yet, I forwarded only one patient for further testing for COVID-19, which later showed negative results”.
Most of his professional life, Dr Hasan worked in the public healthcare system, but six months ago, he joined a private hospital.
“I think we are in a important position now as private clinics are currently helping public ones to keep up with a tough workload: people get extremely worried when they show the first symptoms of regular cold or flu—and make immediate arrangements to see physicians in order to check whether they have been infected with the coronavirus or not”.