Hospitals should rationalize their pandemic protocols
The benefits of letting loved ones visit ICU patients have been found to outweigh infection risks
The second wave of covid in India laid bare many issues that plague the country’s system of healthcare. One such issue is how the system treats patients’ families and loved ones, who are often made to feel like intruders. This is painfully apparent in the restrictions that are usually imposed on visitors for patients in the intensive care units (ICUs) of hospitals.