Covid is raging in India right now.
According to the Times of India, a study conducted by the state-run Indian Council of Medical Research has confirmed 10.8 million Covid-19 infections in the country, which is the most anywhere outside the United States. But the survey, whose findings are much more conservative than a private study conducted in mid-April, indicates India's actual cases may have factually crossed 300 million.
The Washington Post comments that India accounts for more than 1 in 3 reported Covid cases in the world. The Post buttressed that fact with their proclamation on April 27th that India topped 300,000 new Covid cases for the sixth day in a row.
Although the United States is an ocean and some 8,400 miles away from that portion of the Indian Sub-Continent, our Cystic Fibrosis community understands the Covid hardship through the experience of 27-year-old CF patient Gautam Kumar (Twitter and Instagram: @cystik101), currently living in Hyderabad, India.
Gautam is on the front line of the Covid Crisis in his country. With his lung function hovering near 20% for the past five years, Gautam is in continual need of the care and lifelines that are being stressed right now in India.
On the evening of April 22nd, a significant Indian hospital in Delhi tweeted that it had only 45 minutes of oxygen left, followed by the message “#SOS call from Fortis to allow oxygen tanker from Bhiwadi to reach our hospital #ASAP.”
Many other hospitals were and are continuing to broadcast a similar plea. According to Gautam, some hospitals are receiving the help for which they are urgently in need, while others are not.
CF Vests for Life Foundation first met Gautam in January 2021. From that initial online interaction, it was evident that he is a fighter. Employed as a Software Engineer, he succeeds through all battles that confront him in the space of Cystic Fibrosis.
Gautam was always a sickly child, emitting mucus displaying the rainbow of colors on the daily, which are disagreeable, yet recognizable, to members of the CF Community. However, his family did not have the means to provide him with medical care of his CF doctors and hospital, which were a day’s train ride from his home. Only when he began with Qualcomm in 2015, where Gautam continues to enjoy full-time employment status, did he obtain the financial capacity for proper medical care. From 2016 to 2019, Gautam was hospitalized twice annually for two-week IV treatments each visit.
While correlation may not always imply causation, Gautam has not been hospitalized since he was placed onto continuous oxygen in December 2019.
It is serendipitous that earlier this month, during the second week of April, CF Vests for Life Foundation was able to transfer to Gautam a Portable Oxygen Concentrator, together with a therapy Vest system. While the POC was initially intended to provide him with convenience of treatment, it has become indeed a valued commodity and necessity.
Announced via the online media of CNBC, April 28th marked the day in India where a record 24-hour period death toll of nearly 3,300 was reported, thereby eclipsing the 200,000th Covid fatality mark in the country.
As well, a record 360,960 in Covid cases were reported on April 28th, marking India’s seventh consecutive day of over 300,000 new infections.
For the sake of Gautam and the predicted thousands of other CF patients in India,both diagnosed and undiagnosed, the end to this Covid catastrophe cannot come soon enough.
Your donation to CF Vests for Life Foundation will enable us to help those in our International CF Community to overcome the battles and challenges of this disease in the same way Gautam has. While your past donations have allowed us to provide Gautam with the POC and Vest from which he is currently benefitting, your current donation at the following link will allow us to perform that again for another CF patient in desperate need somewhere else around the world - https://cfvests4life.org/donate