An 18-year-old student from Telangana’s Nalgonda who tested COVID-19 positive on May 4, has been isolating himself on a tree for 11 days to avoid spreading COVID-19 to his family.
Shiva made the decision with his family’s safety in mind. Shiva, who has a family of four, stated that he cannot allow anyone to suffer because of him.
Shiva told The Print, “There was no isolation centre here. Two days ago, they converted the ST hostel into a centre up until then we had nothing and I don’t know if there are any such centres in other villages I don’t think so. What else can I do?” He added, “I don’t know if the village volunteers told the sarpanch about me testing positive. No one in my village came forward to help me. They’re all scared of the virus they’re not stepping out of their homes.”
He constructed a bed for himself out of bamboo sticks affixed to the branches of a tree in his home compound.
Shiva spends most of his isolation time, using his phone, which he keeps in a tiny basket tied to a tree. He was pursuing his graduation from Hyderabad but had returned to his village about a month ago as the number of cases in the city increased.