In a blog post, highlighting the effects the disease can have on mental health, partly owing to the inability to be in contact with people. He said, “There is no one about or around .. and the freedom to be able to do that will extend…”
Bachchan wrote on his blog, “In the darkness of the night and the shiver of the cold room, I sing .. eyes shut in attempted sleep .. there is no one about or around .. and the freedom to be able to do that will extend I know if in the Will of the Almighty there is release…There is one note of matter that seems trivial but it is a factor .. the mental conditions and the effects of the disease .. clinically, medically all that is known to be effective, yet very little is known that remains hidden unseen and not visible .. matters of the mind often are not …”
Shedding light on the grim situation of patients in hospital’s isolation wards, he said, “The mental state sparks from the stark reality that the COVID patient, put in hospitalised isolation, never gets to see another human .. for weeks… There are the nurses and the doctors on visit and medicine care .. but they ever appear in PPE units .. you never get to know who they are, what are their features, expressions because they are forever covered in the units for protection .. all white beings about .. almost robotic in their presence .. they deliver what is prescribed and leave .. leave because longer stay has the fear of contamination.”
Big B also shared the fears and apprehensions of those recovered from the virus, facing what professionals call, “a pariah syndrome” that he says could drive them into “deeper depression”.
“…does it have an effect psychologically mentally, psychologists say it does .. patients after release are tempered .. they are given to consultation with professional mind talkers .. they are afraid to be in public for fear or apprehension of being treated differently .. treated as one that has carried the disease .. a pariah syndrome .. driving them into deeper depression and in the loneliness that they have just come out of .. And even though the disease may have left the system the cases of a low fever pursuing for 3-4 weeks is never ruled out…”
Amitabh, son Abhishek, daughter-in-law Aishwarya and even granddaughter Aaradhya are currently seeking treatment for COVID-19 at a Mumbai hospital after showing “mild symptoms”. While fans around the world have been praying for the actor’s speedy recovery, in his latest Tweet, Bachchan dismissed reports that he tested negative after over a week of medical treatment.