Her homecare for COVID-19 patients video, mostly shared via WhatsApp, is “going bananas again” in India as hospitals fill and oxygen supplies are strained, says Dr Ramanathan.
The video is now available in 15 languages and a dub into the last of the major Indian languages to be covered, Kannada spoken by 43 million people in mostly Southern India, is now under way.
Earlier this month, she received an appreciative tweet from an immune-suppressed Irish woman, thanking her for the video and home breathing exercises which she credited for helping save her life during a six-week fight against COVID.
Dr Ramanathan says she has pulled out two excerpts from her original homecare video focusing on the breathing exercises, using a balloon or drinking straw, and on using prone positioning on a pillow or “child’s pose” to help maintain oxygen saturation and prevent lung failure.
She has also created a two-minute demonstration to help people tighten and fit their mask properly, which has been viewed more than 27,000 time via Twitter.
With her extended family in one of the second wave’s epicentres, Delhi, she is hearing “all the bad stuff” and is trying to do her bit through sharing widely her educational videos and tweets.
“I can just imagine the stress, nobody knows what the next day is going to bring.
“A friend here says their friend who lives near a cremation ground reports its ‘24/7 stench of burning bodies’. And you don’t even know the ashes you are getting are your own relative’s ashes. It is just horrific.”
Others have reported medicines, that usually retail for around $150, selling for more than $5000 on the black market as people try anything to help their loved ones.