Over four million people have got infected across the world since the outbreak of COVID-19, spreading a sense of uncertainty and death among people, though the majority of patients are making recoveries and returning to normal life. Bangladesh has so far reported a recovery rate of 19.10 per cent.
Among the survivors, everybody has his or her own different story how he or she dealt with the highly infectious lung disease virus in the recovery process.
Journalist Ashiqur Rahman Apu is one of them who feels lucky in Bangladesh to beat the virus and come out even stronger encouraging others to know how did he manage everything receiving treatment at home.
"Don't lose your morale -- that's the first thing. Stay calm and don't get puzzled. Stay strong and follow doctor's advice strictly. Your chance is obviously there to beat the virus unless there’s any major complication," he told news agency UNB.
Apu, a senior reporter of private TV channel ATN News, maintained a 14-day mandatory home quarantine upon his return home from abroad with no symptom of COVID-19. Days later, he got confused with high fever, coughing and body aches.
The young reporter started suffering from fever on 8 April and gave samples for test on 10 April. He was tested positive for COVID-19 as he went through the report on the following day.
"I'm a non-smoker. I had no breathing problem. That's something encouraging. I had been advised to stay at home and continue taking treatment," Apu said.
At the end of April, Apu was tested twice but the report each time came negative for coronavirus giving him a big relief.
Treatment at Home
Apu depended on Saklayen Russel and one of his physician friends. He started taking medicines, strictly following the physicians’ suggestions.
"Preparations had been made to shift me to hospital in case my health condition deteriorates. Since, I had no breathing problem, I didn't need to go to hospital," he said adding that colleagues from office and other media outlets kept encouraging him to stay strong mentally.
Apu remained connected with the two physicians all the time through Facebook messengers. His wife was also in touch with the physician over phone.
What to Eat?
"I ate a lot, trust me! I even had one glass of milk everyday what I had avoided in the last 20 years," said the journalist.
The young man said he took lightly warm water frequently, giving no scope to his throat to dry up. "Throat shouldn't be allowed to dry up."
Apu said he also gurgled twice a day with warm water mixed with salt that gave him much comfort.
"I had hot soup -- chicken and vegetable soup -- and surely homemade one regularly! I had boiled egg, drank lemon water. And I found Malta very useful and ate one a day," he said adding that he tried guava and apple apart from taking rice, rooti and other foods.
From the very beginning, Apu confined himself to a room with an attached bathroom and a balcony.
"I had never gone out of my room. My wife used to drop food from time to time at a designated place in front of my door," he said.
Apu said he had kept everything -- glass, plate and flux -- separated.
"I made it sure my wife wears mask while dropping food for me. I wanted to keep her safe. We didn't even touch each other and maintained required distancing while receiving food," Apu said.
Initially, friends and well-wishers sent food for Apu and he purchased things online as well.
"When I bought fruits, milk and other essentials online, I made sure these are washed well with salt water before I consume," he said.
Stay fit, do exercise
"Physical fitness is very important. I felt so," Apu said mentioning that he tried his best to spend at least a few minutes each day in doing light exercise.
"You can do it even if you feel weak. I did breathing exercises too," he said suggesting all to eat healthy food and maintain a healthy life even if they are not infected with the novel virus.
Like Apu, many are receiving treatment at home to ease burden on Bangladesh’s already outstretched healthcare system.
The reporter is set to resume his routine official work on Saturday as he feels completely fit now.
Everybody needs peace for health and health for peace, and all need it now as all over the world the COVID-19 pandemic is causing a significant loss to lives, disrupting livelihoods, and threatening the recent advances in health and progress towards global development goals.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) says the novel coronavirus may never go away and people around the world will have to learn to live with it.
"We have a new virus entering the human population for the first time and therefore it is very hard to predict when we will prevail over it," said Michael Ryan, WHO's emergencies director.
"This virus may become just another endemic virus in our communities and this virus may never go away," he told a virtual press conference in Geneva.