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Bhopal doctors on COVID-19 duty live in their cars to protect families

Two doctors in Bhopal on Covid19 duty have chosen to take rest after duty in their cars instead of their homes to save their families from this dreaded disease... #DoctorsonCovid19dutyliveintheircars

Bhopal: As they work almost 24/7 with coronavirus patients, two doctors in Bhopal have each moved into a space that is cramped, uncomfortable and barely enough for one. Their temporary ‘apartment’ also has wheels.

Sachin Nayak and Sachin Patidar, both doctors at the same government hospital in the Madhya Pradesh capital, have been living in their cars for weeks, quarantining themselves to protect their families.

When their day's shift is over, they walk near their homes for a bit and rest in their car, staying away from their families inside. In their spare time, they read, take a nap and talk to family on the phone. Their cars have everything they need - bedsheets, clothes, laptop, and mattress.

Sachin Nayak, a father of a three-year-old, works in the isolation ward for coronavirus patients. "The pandemic spread in days, there was no time for the administration or us to prepare...it's our job to fend for ourselves," he says.

Dr Nayak interacts with at least 100 people and staff every day. "We collect the samples, which can spread infection, that's why I decided to live in my car," he says.

Sachin Patidar is specialising in anaesthesia. Since March 31, he has also been staying in his car. The two doctors have collected much appreciation on social media.

Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan also tweeted his salute to the "warriors" in the COVID-19 fight. "I and the entire Madhya Pradesh greet warriors like you who are fighting the war against corona. If we all continue with this resolve, then we will be able to win this great war more quickly. Sachin ji, salute your spirit," Chouhan tweeted.

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