How does coronavirus really affect? Autobiography of a COVID-19 Patient

December 10, 2020


Past couple of weeks have been a havoc emotionally, physically, psychologically, financially and spiritually. I lost my father due to Covid-19. Before it occurred to us, honestly, we weren't paying much attention to this virus and considering news about it as a “hype” as that’s how mostly they present things in news everyday. Dad was the only person who was telling us that his brother in Canada is calling him periodically to make him realize how deadly this virus can be. So we should all be taking precautions and mustn't go out. Who knew that our non-seriousness would cost us so much for life.


We are a small family (my paternal family). A family of 4 (me, my brother, my mom and dad). After my marriage my father was feeling alive after long when my son came into this world since he had been a patient of depression for many years due to some incidences that he had faced since he had born and later as years passed. Nonetheless, crux of my father's life was that he never lived just for himself. He was always available for everyone in every thick and thin. He was a drummer when he was young and was in Moscow for his higher studies. Even, at the age of 65 (age at which he died), he had more energy, power, enthusiasm and spark than any of us youngsters in the family had. He was the nucleus of all wedding celebrations and musical events and gatherings since he sang and played bongos perfectly and like none other. But what I have learned is that those of us who make lives of other people easier and happier, are the ones who are left alone in life and at the time of need.

When he got sick, no one came. Obviously, sabko apni jaan pyari hai (Roman Urdu)..Everyone asked me to go back to my in-laws for the safety of myself and my son when dad was sick and was being looked after at home with oxygen mask on, along with chronic cough and fever. How could a daughter leave her father like this? At least not me. My father is equally beloved for me as much as my son is. In fact, I had spent 30 years with my dad, in short my whole life till date. There was no way I could leave him like this. I kept going to him without mask to make him eat, nebulize him, talk to him out of the fear he was developing in his mind regarding disturbed breathing and deadly corona and he never wanted to go to hospital. When he coughed, I could see the fear and worry in his eyes for us, as if he was feeling guilty of being a Covid patient and didn’t want any of us to catch it from him. My son was very much attached to him. He used to go out with him, sleep and eat with him. When dad was around, I was never worried about Zayan (my 2 year old).
When dad was being hospitalized, he fell from the stretcher while shifting in ambulance. My heart stopped a beat. This was the first time an ambulance came to our home or my dad was ever about to visit a hospital. So I couldn’t digest seeing him in this condition. We had to manage hospital visits, medicines, home matters, hospital expenses, conveyance, pick and drop and arranging shifts of day and night stay all by ourselves. None of our so called friends, family or relatives volunteered or even asked for the sake of just asking. Second last night of my father’s life, I, out of sheer frustration and being overburdened, had called and literally begged some of the people in my circle to offer their services for hospital shifts since my mother and my brother were exhausted and had gotten sick (cough, flu, fever, body pain, diarrhea and vomiting). Doctor strictly asked them not to come to hospital at any cost and arrange someone else to manage things at hospital.


June 28, 2020, at 10 a.m. I was arranging medicines for my mother as her lungs X-rays were not good. That was the time when I came to know dad’s oxygen saturation level had dropped again and was in 80’s. We got worried but not much as it kept fluctuating and my brother had talked with dad over phone that morning. Dad asked him to get him out of hospital as he said that he was tired of staying there and was feeling difficulty in breathing. At 2 p.m we got a phone call from hospital and came to know that the doctors had decided to put him on ventilator. We as a family got very much upset and were in a dilemma whether or not we should have him put on ventilator. Another call came, and we came to know that the “line is straight”, he is no more, the one who gave me life has himself given up on his. He had lost his heart. My father who had been fighting is battle with Corona since past 12 days, had given up as his 65 year old heart got tired of pumping heavily due to lack of oxygen. Oxygen had dropped to 65 and he had suffered a sudden cardiac arrest. Ahhh.. Dad, we are so sorry we couldn’t save you. You had always been our hero and a savior. Only if there was a way in medical sciences to donate my heartbeat and breadths to you. 

I had to skip the thought of my father’s death as my mother was next in line. Her condition was bad and family doctor had asked me to have her treated right away. I called many pharmacies and clinics if they could send someone to inject her with anti-clotting injection that was mandatory to be given to her right away but no one was willing to come home as we just had a death in our home due to Covid and my mother was also a Covid patient. Only a counted number of relatives came to our home and none stayed for long. I could see the fear in their eyes while hugging us for condolence. As if they were fulfilling a formality or as if there was an attendance chart where they had to mark their attendance. It was painful. The dead body came. I wanted to take him out of there and lie there instead. Couldn’t believe my eyes. The last I saw him was on bed, talking to us. And they took the coffin. My father was taken away from us to be buried. To a place from no one has ever came back and will never come. I was feeling like a triple personality person at that time: 1. The one who was in sheer mourning and state of shock and denial due to her father’s death. 2. One whose mother and brother were badly sick and had to keep herself together to make timely and right decisions for their treatment. 3. One who had to send her son away from her to her in-laws for the first time for his safety. In all this, there was no room for negligence, losing my mind, intolerance, going crazy or putting myself into a shell to avoid the situation. Certainly no room at all no matter how strongly I wanted to run away from all this.

Sooner I got to know, that I myself was a Covid-19 patient but asymptomatic (the one whose symptoms don’t show up). I didn’t pay much worry to it. I kept myself going with the flow for fulfilling my responsibilities towards rest of my family and my deceased father. We hadn’t seen anyone other than ourselves this whole time. People were calling for condolences but since mom and brother weren’t in good shape so again, it was me the whole time who was attending to all calls and messages for condolences as well as for asking about mom, brother and myself. And that’s why I had to put a status of requesting not to bombard me with long calls. Most of the people got offended by my status and taunted, bashed and insulted me for putting it instead of understanding the reason behind it. Additionally, I had to keep a check on my son too as I had to make sure my son and in-laws weren’t developing any symptoms. And off course, most importantly, I had to listen to doctors’ phone calls, messages, and feed backs and share reports with them along with arranging daily medications and lab men to have us tested.

Unfortunately, death only takes your loved ones away from you. It doesn’t take their responsibilities and errands along. Bills, daily matters, salaries, rents, taxes, groceries, utility needs all were intact and were waiting in line to be served. So since dad was no longer there, we had to take care of these matters as well. Death doesn't wait nor the worldly matters. Clock keeps ticking just the way it used to tick when dad was there.

Today, more than a month has passed since “the happening”. We all are okay (clinically). Covid had bestowed its mercy on the rest of us. Suffering through after effects of corona like weakness and depression along with facing two plated faces of people on daily basis, coming in contact with un-expected responses and behaviors of people for whom we were highly available every time. This trauma has slowed down our recovery and so has shown the insensitivity of people. We are alive, but feels like that one of our vital organ has been removed. There is not even a single day we don’t miss dad or cry for him. I cannot sleep unless I take some sleeping pill. I want to cry as much as I can as I had held in for long. But now, tears don’t accompany the pain in my heart. I used to be a talkative and lively one, now I don’t feel anything in me other than rage and sorrow. I know death is mortal. It is the act of God. But my pain is real too and alas, people were, are, have been and will be oblivious.

What is Coronavirus? Is wearing a mask enough? 14-days tenure Myth, Symptoms, Medications - Everything you need to know about the virus.

December 10, 2020

 This article is related to previous one (Death as I know it). As I have already entailed earlier that we as a family, weren’t taking Covid 19 seriously and as deadly as it should have been taken so we paid for it high time. Also a few of the factors that I’d say were our bad luck were that when we were caught into this mess, there wasn’t much awareness. For example:


Media was only showing 3 symptoms of Covid 19 attack i.e. Fever, Flu and cough. However Covid 19 can have any of the below symptoms:

·         Fever (which at times you yourself do not realize but it shows on Thermometer)

  • Cough 
  • Flu
  • Sneezes
  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Difficulty in breathing
  • Losing taste and smell sense
  • Covid Toe


If you are at home and feel one of the above mentioned symptoms is there, start taking WHO recommended medications for initial stages and get hold of a doctor since doctors are not readily available in this case.

Commonly used medications are:

  • Azomax/Leflox/Macrobac (Formula of Azithromycin) 
  •  Rovista
  • Montika
  • Panadol
  • Cac1000
  • Zinc
  • Folic Acid

These are common medications with normal condition however, depending upon the condition of your lungs which will only be determined once you have your X-ray done if you are having severe cough or difficulty in breathing so in that case doctor will recommend you Anti-clotting injections or tablets (as per doctor’s advice) and steroids such as Dexamethasone or Prednisolone.

Note: Please be noted that I am not a doctor, I am a layman and you shouldn’t be taking any medication without doctor’s advice as certain people have allergic reactions to certain medicines and salts in them.

Wearing mask is just not enough:

Please be noted that wearing just a mask is not enough even if it is N-95. If you are using the same mask again and again without washing and drying in sun then it will not serve the purpose of saving you from germs rather germs will be there on it and if you or any of your kid will touch your mask from outside then it might not have your germs on the outer side but will definitely have germs of other people on it. So it is better to keep changing your mask every time you come from outside, remove it, bin it, wash your hands and use a new one. If you have N-95, it might not be possible to buy new one every time so wash it or sanitize it or disinfect it and put it in sun. Gloves do help but only if you dispose them every time. Otherwise, just keep a sanitizer or wash hands as much as you can.

Qehwa’s and Desi Totkas have aided the spread of this disease worse:

·         Trust me, other than the below mentioned desi totkas, none is helpful:

  • Taking bath with warm water and then using Detol while bathing
    Using phenyl or Detol cleaners while mopping
  • Drinking warm water
  • Having your nose cleaned with warm water
    Taking steam (which might be dangerous in case of a Blood pressure patient)
  • None of the below hyped desi totkas are workable, rather they waste your time, hype one’s blood pressure and cause diarrhea
  • Sanaa makki leaves (please don’t fall for this… this is for weight loss and causes diarrhea)
  • Other totkas for better breathing and clearing throat can be good but not for Corona. Corona is serious and must be dealt seriously
  • Yoga and breathing exercises do help
  • Staying positive does help
  • Will power does help


After effects:

After one recovers from corona, he/she feels depressed, lethargic, tired, exhausted and weak. Not to worry. Take care of your diet. Take supplements. Eat and drink healthy. It usually takes 2 to 3 months in totality from the day you fall a victim of corona till the time you recover fully.

14-days tenure of corona is a Myth:

You all must have heard that total tenure of corona (Covid – 19 ) is 14 days. First it takes 14 days for symptoms to appear and then it takes 14 days to go away. No it is not like that. Even WHO has now said that total tenure is of 21 days (depends case to case). From the day it gets detected to the time it gets negative. One must wait for at least 30 to 40 days to have oneself re-tested after treatment as many a times you get tested yourself after treatment it comes positive again. So let all the virus take its time to go away until you yourself and your body along with the test are all on the same page.


Another myth:

Corona virus doesn't always effect lungs. Pneumonia is one of the most common and classical case of corona virus. But in extreme cases it also can effect other vital organs such as heart, brain, kidney, liver etc. But generally people assume that if a man died with heart attack was not a victim of corona. He might be, you never know.

Do contests and free give-a-ways really help to get more customers?

June 30, 2020
Lucky or not?

Who doesn’t like the idea of getting something extra especially when it is totally free and you have been lucky enough to get it is as gift or win in a contest? This gives a feeling of being smarter than others, luckier, special, stronger, quick respondent and a feeling of being singled out from a group. For once it feels like a super star who is under everyone’s discussion and every other person of that group is comparing themselves with you. Now the question that puts some people into deep thoughts is that do contests and free give-a-ways really help? Let us review some basics about free give a ways and contests and by the end of this article you’d be able to figure out whether or not contests and free give-a-ways help.

From a business point of view contests and free give a ways help to bring in traffic to a great extent. People tend to read that post, respond to it, share it with their friends and do the needful. Once a winner is announced it:
  • Motivates others to keep an eye on the next one
  • Brings in new traffic and target people who have been tagged in previous post.

Bring in new followers

These new faces tag new friends and the circle goes on. Some people are so much enthusiastic to win that they keep trying until they actually win something. Whereas there surely are some who get disappointed, leave negative comments, criticize and vanish. Once a contest is over, number or visitors or involved followers drops for some time until you again involve your devoted followers and introduce new products and services to welcome one potential followers.

Cool Activity

Value of prizes doesn’t matter. Even if it’s a simple key chain, if someone wins it in a contest, he or she feels lucky and will definitely try again. Others try in competition to the first winner. But an important part of introducing a give a way or contest is that you should make it viral. Your gifts might be really awesome but what’s the point of bringing them in if the post hasn’t reached much viewers.

Tips to boost involvement
  •  Decide on the aim of the contest – improve website views, increase social media interaction that will result in visits, attract readers and make them come back more often, award referrals etc.
  • Decide on the best time to run the contest – when it's a season for contests (i.e. Christmas, Easter, etc.), off-season, major website celebrations.
  •  Decide what sort of contest you want – there are several forms of contest, so based on what you choose, you may challenge participants to perform easy or more complex activities. 
  •  Phase one in this course of action is crucial in deciding this thirsty move.
  • Think about some cool and desirable prizes – bonus tip – if you have multiple prices, don't include them all from the beginning, add them up from time to time if you realize you aren’t getting much response. 
  • Start looking for sponsors-either offer the prizes or pay them.
  •  Talk on whether to advertise the contest-social media outlets, email messages, contacting fellow bloggers, talking on time limits as well-how frequently to repeat the announcement and encourage entrants.
  • Get ready for the contest announcement, along with messages on social media – tweets, Facebook status update or special contest page if appropriate.
  • Be very specific about the rules – you can't go back to them later, so make sure they leave space for some unexpected circumstance, like spammers.
  •  Ensure continuous involvement and promoting your contest constantly.
  •  Announce winner on the exact date and time you have mentioned.

Cherry on top

Adding last minute surprise or additional item can be a cherry on top. Contests and free give a ways have become very common now especially on Instagram. They do play their role but only if people actually win. Thy help to promote you, your product and bring in more customers and followers. When winners will use your product (if the contest included your own products) then once they will use them, they will definitely leave a review. So it’s a win-win situation but only if people are actually winning and winners do come back with images of what they have won and reviews of how they feel. It’s a rule of thumb in marketing that people tend to believe general public in terms of entailing your product’s features rather than you yourself bragging about them.

Top 7 ways to explore trending topics/keywords (free+paid)

March 31, 2020

Do you know what is most important in a business with respect to social media? Checking out on trends is significant for any business first and foremost. For advertisers and network directors who manage the community, joining a discussion in an auspicious issue implies you can add something to the discussion. There might be some trends inside your industry that direct the development of your product knowing about which can be extremely beneficial for you.

How to find trends and keywords

So let us know the means of finding these inclining points and trending topics/keywords via web-based or social networking media instead of looking somewhere else. Below are some of the fastest methods to find discussions as they occur, and before they move onto different forms of media.

1. YouTube trends

Who doesn’t know about YouTube. Any new event and there it is, on YouTube within couple of minutes. On the left side of the homepage of YouTube, you can see latest featured trending videos which can be accessed in the menu. By changing the country on the bottom of the page you can also see what is trending in other parts of the world. YouTube trending section is not paid and just the most trending videos are visible here in YouTube trending section. So you can stay tuned with YouTube trends easily through videos with respect to country and date. It is as simple as ABC.

How to find trends and keywords on Youtube

2. Reddit

Every new topic which is out there in the world, people are having flaring discussions over it on Reddit. Yes! Doesn’t it seem to be the platform for knowing the trending mindset of people? The main page of your internet is an additional site devoted to trending stories. In the last ten minutes it also looks how many time a particular word has been used. So by comparing the probability of that word with its previous (historic) probability it sends a message as soon as any term gets to a certain threshold. Through Reddit, there is a lot of traffic which flows. That is the reason so many people make effort to reach a smaller site every single time and this makes it inaccessible at times. Therefore it is famous for giving sites the “Reddit hug of death”. The freshness of the content and its score (which is determined by up and down votes of the Reddit users) determines the priority of the content submitted to Reddit. Reddit doesn’t cost you money.

How to find trends and keywords on Reddit

3. BuzzSumo

There is a tool in the social media which discovers the very famous and upcoming latest trending content, influences, and back-links and it is known as BuzzSumo. A trending score is featured after the trending stories are planned into different categories in order to tell you how quickly they are being shared. There are two versions of BuzzSumo. The free version allows you to search for the most shared content. Search for the influences and look for the latest upcoming trends each day. However, the paid option gives additional functionality and access to data. Millions of marketers and business people depend upon BuzzSumo to know what content works for them.

How to find trends and keywords on Buzsumo

4. Google Trends

If you want to know the behavioral aspect of people’s search on Google, then Google Trends is the perfect tool for you for visualizing and discovering such data. Google has numerous administrations to give examination. Google Trends is the best choice out of them to discover inclining points and trends. You can look through any topic here and look at the volume it is accepting. You can make country explicit just as sector explicit search to make the outcomes more focused.

You can investigate inside and out by tapping on country name and afterwards the state names to get totally restricted details as per the area which will assist you with finding incredibly focused catchphrases and keywords for your market that is of target or focus. You can use Google Trends Free of cost.

How to find trends and keywords on Google Trends

5. Topsy

Topsy is another instrument for advertisers. It permits you to look for topics in a focused manner. For example, you can even look for trends on a specific date, time or spot. Alerts can be set. Also you can monitor and examine down all trends to make sense of existing social feeling towards them. Topsy is a free trending for anyone who wishes to know about the Twitter trending hashtags. Hence with Topsy you can analyze keywords, usernames on Twitter, domains. Compare them over four time frames like daily, weekly, bi-weekly or monthly and get different results for each of them.

How to find trends and keywords using Topsy

6. SmartBrief

SmartBrief organizes, produces, and leads more than 200 niche email newsletters every day to more than six million professionals as well as thought leaders throughout the globe. It provides timely and relevant news to nearly six million executives around the industry through emails, newsletters, website and mobile application. Even the small scale business can get benefits form it. It is not the only player in this industry, however it was the pioneer. Also it is one of the best niche segment newsletter creator till date. SmartBrief helps you to stand out in niche newsletter sector competition, retain the subscribers as well as helps you to grow. It has many clients and works as partners with societies that involves professionals and NGOS. Also different corporations and leading trade associations.

How to find trends and keywords using SmartBrief

7. ContentStudio

ContentStudio is a one-stop search for all your substance related necessities. It offers the discovery tool which helps you to find the content. Also to select, organize and present the content or blogs and make social media marketing and search effortless when you want to target a niche market for your business. Regardless of whether it be content disclosure, making, arranging, insights, computerization or experiences, you can rapidly look for exceptionally focused on content utilizing various kinds of search questions.

How to find trends and keywords using Content Studio

Final Words:

For expansive and broader content disclosure around a particular topic, you can utilize curated topics. Curation implies to the selection, organization and presentation of content. ContentStudio utilizes a level based point characterization method, right now supporting practically 500+ curated subjects covering a wide cluster of your interests. Its price starts from $49 per month.

Hence above discussed were some of the most utilized, common and best ways to explore trending topics/keywords (free+paid). Hope this article was helpful to enhance your knowledge. Feel free to share your feedback so that we can keep coming up with helpful blogs which can be of great help and interest to you.
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