It is difficult to maintain social distancing in highly populated areas where people live in proximity. This study aimed to qualitatively explore experiences of COVID-19 recovered patients residing in one such area. We employed semi-structured face-to-face interviews. An interview guide was developed, validated, piloted, and minor changes were made. People living in this area, above 18 years of age, and recovered from COVID-19 were approached for the interviews, 11 of them were recruited to be interviewed, and their verbal informed consent was audio recorded. The interviews were conducted in the Arabic language in a semi-private area of the community center, audio-recorded, transcribed verbatim, and thematically analyzed later. Thematic analysis generated 30 subthemes, which were categorized into seven overarching themes: information about COVID-19; life during COVID-19 illness; spreading of COVID-19; precautionary measures; interventions that helped in recovery; impact of COVID-19 on life; support received during COVID-19 illness. Experiences of people from the hotspot who had recovered from COVID-19 highlighted what life had been like in the hotspot under lockdown, especially with having been afflicted with the infection, factors that facilitated their recovery, and the way their lives were and have been affected due to COVID-19.
COVID-19 pandemic, lockdown, hotspot, patient experiences, qualitative case study
The authors acknowledge all the academic staff who helped in the translation and validation of the interview guide. The authors would also like to thank the community leader, the official translator of Nakkasah and all the participants for their cooperation throughout this study.
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Alhajjaji, A., Kurdi, A., Faqeh, S., Alansari, S., Abdulaziz, A., Allihyani, M., Almaghamsi, O., Cheema, E., & Ali, M. (2023). Experiences of COVID-19 Recovered Patients: A Qualitative Case Study from a Hotspot in Saudi Arabia. The Qualitative Report, 28(1), 269-284. https://doi.org/10.46743/2160-3715/2023.5582