Osama’s COVID-19 Rescue

Osama, 30, is trying to live a regular life with his family in Syria. During the day, he works as a nurse to support his family and country. Unfortunately, Osama developed COVID-19 symptoms, including muscle and joint discomfort, as well as a complete loss of smell and taste.

After his wife encouraged him, he agreed to seek out care at SRD’s Isolation Center in Al-Bab.

“A coronavirus swab was performed on him, and he was quarantined in the facility while waiting on the results of the swab. After a positive result was confirmed, a treatment plan was created,” said Dr. Abdullah.

When Osama’s test came back positive, he began treatment with vitamins and antivirals until he was given the all-clear to return home. His treatment also included consultations with the mental health team, which is critical for treating COVID-19 patients because the disease is so painful. The team was there to boost Osama’s morale and desire to fight the disease in order to reunite with his family.

“We are open 24 hours a day here in the isolation center, and we take in suspected and confirmed COVID-19 cases. Swabs and samples are collected and sent to a laboratory. We also provide chronic disease treatment, transportation, and mental health services.” – Dr. Abdullah

The center has 50 beds and 50 oxygen tanks. It received 86 patients in its first month open.

Coronavirus has a severe influence on many areas of social and economic life, including decreasing the movement of crossings, which is a lifeline in northern Syria. The rise in illnesses and deaths related to COVID-19 has exacerbated a ten-year health disaster.