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Quarantined PMH doctor not afraid he may have contracted COVID-19

Dr. Cito Moore.

Dr. Cito Moore, 26, is not afraid about testing positive for COVID-19, despite being one of the scores of healthcare providers who were recently exposed to the virus in the Medical-Surgical Ward II at Princess Margaret Hospital (PMH).

“Thinking about testing positive, I’m not afraid for me,” Moore, who will be tested on Friday, told The Nassau Guardian.

“I’m more afraid, more so, for my family and that’s why I had to self-isolate because I actually share a room with my uncle who is older and who has several comorbidities, so I’m scared for my family.

“I’m scared for my mom. I’m scared for my nephew but not necessarily myself. And then, obviously, for my patients as well because that would mean that every patient that I had interaction with could possibly contract it. That’s what I’m afraid of.”

He said it was inevitable that he would be exposed to the virus.

“To me, I felt like it was only a matter of time,” Moore said.

On April 19, the Public Hospitals Authority (PHA) announced that the PMH ward had closed after a patient who was on the ward tested positive for the virus.

Last week, Health Minister Dr. Duane Sands said 96 doctors, 62 nurses and nearly 50 other workers across other departments at PMH were quarantined as a result of the incident.

Yesterday, Moore told The Guardian that he “just happened to get up in the mix”.

“Incidentally enough, I had a patient there on the ward, [so] I had to go in there every day to check on my patient,” he said.

Moore has three days remaining in isolation.

He is isolated at a quarantine site.

“I wake up probably, like, 6 a.m.,” Moore said.

“I hit the shower. I’m actually not able to physically come outside of the room to get food from the people who are providing it here. I can’t really walk to my car, which is like 20 steps away from me.”

Moore said he spends his days reading and checking out videos on YouTube.

He said not being able to work has put him in “a mental overcast”.

“I went into the field that I did because I like to help people and I really love what I do,” he said.

“So, just not being able to use my brain or to function at the level that I function at, especially as an intern, it’s kind of like a double-edged sword.”

Moore said the experience has been “most definitely” surreal.

“Like I said, I’m an intern, so this would’ve been my first year being a doctor,” Moore told The Guardian.

“These are the types of stories you hear from your consultants who are way older than you, who say, ‘Well, I was around when HIV first pulled up on the medical scene. I saw how it changed the landscape of how we do things.’

“Now, I feel like I’m being thrust into that very situation. In my first year of being a doctor, I’ve seen the landscape of medicine being changed by a global pandemic, a global health event.

“It’s definitely surreal.”

Staff Reporter at The Nassau Guardian
Jasper Ward started at The Nassau Guardian in September 2018. Ward covers a wide range of national and social issues.
Education: Goldsmith, University of London, MA in Race, Media and Social Justice
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