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COVID-19 Kills 1st Egyptian Doctor in Port Said


Mon 30 Mar 2020 | 04:06 AM
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Following death of the first doctor due to COVID-19 in Egypt, a state of sadness and sorrow prevailed among the members of the medical team yesterday, Sunday. The deceased is Prof. Dr. Ahmed El- Lawah, Professor of clinical pathology  at Al-Azhar University in Port Said.

The 50-year-old doctor had been infected with the novel corona virus recently by an infected Indian patient working in one of the factories in the Port Said investment area.The Indian infected person also died a few days ago.

After suffering from the COVID-19 symptoms, Lawah put himself in a quarantine at home and treated himself with some medications, but his condition worsened. Then, he asked one of his colleagues to search for a  mechanical ventilator for his severe need and due to his bad condition.

He had to go to the health insurance hospital in Port Said from where he was sent to a quarantine hospital in Ismailia on Sunday evening.

Professor of laboratory Medicine at Al-Azhar University

Doctors who received him at the hospital said that Lawah had kept repeating: I’m sorry, I’m sorry I’m afraid for you. He stayed in the quarantine hospital for only one day, as his condition deteriorated poorly.

He passed away on Sunday evening. His colleagues, loved ones, students and the people of Port Said mourned him on the social platforms, as he was considered one of the most famous doctors in Port Said.

The doctor was known for his human and professional stands with everyone. Thus, many social networking pages called for an absent prayer to him on Monday.

The deceased had celebrated his birthday and the completion of the fifty years in late February. The last of his writings on his Facebook account was a piece of advice in which he called on Egyptians to stay at home explaining the reason.

What will happen if we start home for two weeks?

People ask: What after the end of the two-week isolation? Will the virus spread again?

He said: There are four types of cases:

First: Some people have not been infected and in this case they will remain safe at home.

Second: Another group of people may be a carrier of the virus without suffering any symptoms. In this case, staying at home will prevent spread of the infection, and by time the immune bodies will eliminate the virus in their bodies.

Third: Another group of people may have been infected with mild symptoms. In this case, staying at home will prevent the transmission of infection to others and the body’s immunity over time will also kill the virus in their bodies. Hence, after two weeks, they will get rid of the virus and acquire natural immunity as well.

Fourth: The last group of people may carry the virus and has severe symptoms In this case, these people must go to the hospital for treatment.

Accordingly, the viruses that have spread over surfaces and on the ground, even if in the air, will die after two weeks if they do not find a human body that multiplies in it.

he was known for his human and professional stands

He added that the important thing during these two weeks -if we stay home- is that the virus can die outside  bodies if it does not find a body that enters it. The virus needs a human body in order to multiply. If it fails to find a human body, it will simply die.

"This is the reason for why we should stay home for two weeks," he explained.

Contributed by Nawal Sayed

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