In this photograph taken from behind a window, doctors work on Covid-19 patients in the intensive care unit of San Matteo Hospital, in Pavia, northern Italy, Thursday, March 26, 2020. The San Matteo hospital is where Patient 1, a 38-year-old Unilever worker named Mattia, was kept since he tested positive for Covid-19 on Feb. 21 and opened Italy’s health care crisis. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people, but for some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. (Claudio Furlan/LaPresse via AP)
Lulije Qafleshi from Prishtina, 57 years old, has been hospitalized in the Infectious Diseases Clinic in Prishtina, for 12 days, after she was infected with coronavirus.
Her clinical condition during this time was severe.
She said she was waiting to get the vaccine when she became infected with COVID-19.
Now she calls for vaccination.
“I appeal to everyone to be vaccinated because it is a very big risk without the vaccine.
I have been on therapy for 12 days.
“I recovered yesterday because I was in a very serious condition,” she said.
Fazli Jashari from Podujeva has also been hospitalized at the Infectious Diseases Clinic for two weeks.
He also said he was waiting to be vaccinated.
The symptoms of the disease, he says, were very severe.
“I had a high temperature and I was very tired.
I was very sorry. I did not believe that he would survive, that he would cope with the disease.
He who knows, like me who has tested the virus, gets the vaccine and protects the family.
“I go home today, even those who can be vaccinated, I will take them without asking and send them to be vaccinated”, he says.
In addition to the medical teams, the family members also take care of the infected in the Infectious Diseases Clinic.
Jeton Hoti takes care of his mother who is admitted to the Infectious Diseases Clinic.
Jetoni, who lives in Canada, has been vaccinated, but says his family in Kosovo has been reluctant to get vaccinated.
“They have not been vaccinated because one is telling a lie and now everyone is believing it.
But no one knows what that vaccine is.
That vaccine is for our protection.
“In a word, do not listen to others, but get vaccinated,” he said.
Hospitals are in charge
In Kosovo, the situation with COVID-19 has worsened and almost all new cases are of the Delta variant, which is a more contagious variant than the initial variant of the coronavirus.
On August 19, Kosovo registered a record number of new cases: 2,236 infections in one day.
The increase in the number of cases with coronavirus has started to burden the hospitals where the infected are treated.
As of August 19, the number of COVID-19 patients admitted to these hospitals is 527 patients.
At the Infectious Diseases Clinic in Prishtina, on August 19, there was no free bed.
Infectious disease specialist Izet Sadiku, told Radio Free Europe that out of 110 patients who are being treated at the Infectious Diseases Clinic, about 90 percent of them are on oxygen therapy and most are unvaccinated.
“Although it is a short time since this last wave started, but our impressions are that for this short time, the clinical forms are more severe than they have been in other phases. That is why we are appealing to people to respect the masses, to keep their distance, not to gather unnecessarily.
At the same time, opportunities should be created for them to be vaccinated as much as possible because the vaccine is the main means of preventing the disease “, said Sadiku.
According to US experts, vaccination against COVID-19 reduces the chances of vaccinated people becoming infected with coronavirus, but those who become infected with Delta after vaccination tend to spread the virus just like unvaccinated people.
Also, vaccinated people who became infected with the virus have milder symptoms of the disease and pass it on more quickly.
As of August 19, Kosovo has administered over 644 thousand vaccines. Fully vaccinated courses are over 221 thousand people.
Due to the deteriorating situation, from August 20, new restrictive measures against the pandemic enter into force in Kosovo. / rel /