The crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic is unfolding briskly on social media platforms that have been inundated with desperate requests for help from seriously ill Covid patients and their relatives.
In the past few weeks, a catastrophic second wave of the coronavirus pandemic has choked the fragile Indian healthcare system. States across the country are reporting acute shortages of hospital beds, oxygen, and potentially life-saving drugs. Media platforms that have been inundated with desperate requests for help from seriously ill Covid patients and their relatives.
When Bhopal Akshit Chawla’s 23-year-old video producer tweeted that he needed five doses of the antiviral drug Remdesivir for his Covid-positive aunt, he didn’t expect a big reaction. She wrote a short post and shared it with a prescription her aunt had received days earlier at a specialty hospital in Indore.
To his surprise, his post was shared more than 50 times in a matter of minutes, and by the next day, the post received over 300 retweets and dozens of comments from helpful strangers.
“People helped me by sending me helpline numbers and medical business contacts and trying to connect with people who sell remdesevir on the black market,” recalls Akshit. He spent the next three hours calling the government helpline, but to no avail. . “I made at least 60 calls that day between 7pm and 10pm, but no one answered.”