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Coronavirus: “Many took pills to lower the temperature before the verification of the Hyderabad airport” | Hyderabad News

HYDERABAD: A man suspected of having the Covid-19 virus after returning home from London has said that many students had taken acetaminophen before landing in Hyderabad to lower body temperature and escape airport checks.

Akhil Ennamsetty, a 24-year-old lawyer based in Warangal, who was on a flight from London that landed in Mumbai on Wednesday, is currently in the isolation room of Gandhi Hospital. He took a domestic connecting flight to the city with only 10 other passengers, who are now also in quarantine.

“Most of my flight from London Heathrow consisted of students studying at various UK universities. These are the people who took acetaminophen doses an hour before landing to lower body temperature and not get caught up in the thermal evaluation that It takes place at Indian airports. “Ennamsetty said in a social media post. Speaking to TOI, Ennamsetty said he knew about 10 people who took acetaminophen on the flight.

Her story highlights how many might have missed the test and how it could lead to an increase in Covid-19 cases if any of them turn positive. Telangana has reported 19 cases of Covid-19 so far.

“Students lied about symptoms to escape quarantine”

I am admitted to the isolation room of the Gandhi Hospital. My chain of contact confirms that no one else should be isolated in relation to my case as I have taken every precaution not to meet with anyone after my arrival in India from the UK, “Ennamsetty said in his post.

LLM student in human rights law at the University of Edinburgh, Ennamsetty highlighted how the students had “lied on the flight self-declaration forms given about the symptoms to avoid being quarantined upon arrival.” These are the people who now stay with their families and friends around them, perhaps next door (sic). ”

While he appreciates the steps being taken at airports, he said it was not foolproof as they only relied on thermal detection and that he himself was largely asymptomatic. “I didn’t have a fever, just a mild sore throat that isn’t there today either,” he said.

Ennamsetty says that many in the UK may have been exposed to the virus due to the earlier “collective immunity” approach they were following. Since then, the UK has announced that it will abandon politics, but many are wary of the high exposure that people have already had.

“This is a global public health emergency and we all have to be together in this fight. Follow all precautions given by public authorities. It is no longer an easy game, “said Ennamsetty, who this year was endorsed by the Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U 2020) to fund his dream of the first” Center for Rights Activism “in Telangana.

Times of India