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This 19-yr-old in Vadodara tested positive for Covid seven times, but never showed symptoms

Jai Patni, who is waiting for the result of his 8th test, doesn’t want to go home until he tests negative, as he fears he might re-infect his parents who have now recovered.

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Vadodara: In the near month that he has spent in isolation, 19-year-old Jai Patni has tested positive for the novel coronavirus seven times.

Patni is one among dozens of positive Covid-19 patients in Vadodara’s High Speed Railway Training Institute, which has doubled up as a quarantine facility for asymptomatic patients, or those with mild symptoms of the disease.

High Speed Rail Training Institute, Vadodra | Photo by Praveen Jain
High Speed Rail Training Institute, Vadodara | Photo by Praveen Jain

Since his diagnosis, however, Patni has shown no symptoms whatsoever.

“No cough, no tiredness, not even a headache. I’ve felt perfectly fine since Day One,” he told ThePrint. He was standing outside his room and in the corridor that overlooks the facility’s courtyard. A lot of his time is spent hanging around the corridor, for the sake of “time-pass,” he says.

“There’s nothing to do. I pace the corridors, watch a movie, talk on the phone, play games. The days pass by,” he said. On 12 May, Patni will complete a month of being socially isolated.

Jai Patni in the corridor of the quarantine centre | Photo by Praveen Jain
Jai Patni in the corridor of the quarantine centre | Photo by Praveen Jain

He, along with his parents, tested positive for the virus on 12 April. They decided to get tested on a whim after a child in the neighbourhood passed away after falling ill. Initially, they believed coronavirus was behind his death, but it was later revealed to be dengue.

Patni, a first year student at MS College in Vadodara, and his parents live in Nagarwada, a major Covid-19 hotspot in Vadodara.

All three were then admitted to Gotri Medical College and Hospital, the city’s nodal facility for Covid-19 patients, where Patni stayed for 20 days. His parents were found negative within 13 days, and sent back home. Given his lack of symptoms, he was then shifted to the quarantine facility over a week ago.

“Initially my mom panicked and was worried about why I kept throwing up positive results. I’m not worried at all. What’s the point in stressing about this?” he said.

‘I’ll wait till I turn negative twice in a row’

A relentless positive result could be because the sensitive RT-PCR test picks up the dead virus, but so far, no doctor has explained to Patni why this might be.

Jai Patni inside his bedroom at the quarantine centre in Vadodra | Photo by Praveen Jain
Jai Patni inside his bedroom at the quarantine centre in Vadodara | Photo by Praveen Jain

According to the newest guidelines by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, asymptomatic/ mildly symptomatic patients are allowed to leave 10 days after the onset of symptoms. Under the revised guidelines, Patni would be eligible to return home, under the condition that he self-quarantines for seven days. On Saturday, the quarantine facility gave him that very choice.

But he’s chosen not to.

“I don’t want to risk reinfecting my parents. I’ll wait till I turn negative twice in a row,” Patni said. “Plus I won’t get any medical attention there. At least I can call the doctor here whenever I need.”

Patni is waiting for the results of his eighth test. He hopes it’s negative — that’s one step closer to home.


Also read: Recovering from Covid has felt like escaping death for this 85-year-old in Vadodara


 

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6 COMMENTS

  1. God bless jai patni. And u remained in hospital and not opted to go home shows Ur good maturity good friend

  2. While the spirit and resolve of the patient is extremely good and the need of the hour, I would suggest the name be changed and the photo be blurred. Giving his name and photo out in the open might make him feel uncomfortable.

  3. The whole test kit is a grabage their is no authentic test kit is derived to detect corona i think that type of cases occured many in numbers in other cities in india.

    • It seems that under quarantine also THE PRINT reporters working at their best.

      I stay exactly beside High speed rail training centre in Vadodara.

      Keep it up ! Get well soon !

  4. Hey Jai, it’s great that you chose to be cautious with your parents and stayed back. How about joining a course on Coursera or any other learning portal?

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