In the middle of a global pandemic, patients in the isolation rooms in National Korányi Tbc and Pulmonological Institute have no access to a shower, a decent, clean toilet, or hot water.
According to the new regulations, from now on, all patients with either moderate, severe or critical COVID-19 infections will be transported to and treated in two locations in Hungary: the National Korányi Tbc and Pulmonological Institute, and the National Institute for Infectiology and Haematology at South-Pest Hospital Centre.
A 40-year-old Hungarian woman noticed the symptoms in April, she started coughing and had a hard time breathing. Her first COVID-19 test was negative, but her symptoms got much worse, so she was sent to Korányi Hospital for further PCR tests to make sure that she is not infected with the virus. She was transported to one of the so-called isolation rooms inside the hospital. People usually have to spend at least four days here because they are being tested twice to get a more reliable result.
She told her not so pleasant experiences in the isolation room to 444.hu. She was not allowed to leave the room until they made sure that she was not infected. The place she was supposed to spend four whole days was miserable.
She claimed that her whole experience in the isolation room was a “stamping on human dignity.”
This place did not support basic human hygiene. There was a sink, but no cold water, and there was no place for her to shower at all. She could not bare not cleaning herself for four days in these circumstances, so she cleaned out the garbage bin, climbed in it and tried to “shower” with cold water from the sink. There was also no decent toilet, only a portable one which was not changed nor cleaned. The trash was also not taken out for days.
She also said that the heat was on the entire time she was there, even though it was 28 degrees Celsius outside. She could not bear the heat anymore, so she had to take the whole window out to let some air in.
She did emphasise that even though the circumstances were outrageous, she was satisfied with the nurses who were kind and helpful.
She documented her experiences in the isolation room. Take a look at it in the videos below.