A video of a high school student struggling to breath has emerged barely three days after schools were reopened.
The 15 seconds video showed the student believed to be from Lubinu Boys High School in Mumias gasping for air as a teacher who wore a mask and gloves tried to help in vain.
The video was first shared on Lubinu Old Boys High School Association group on Facebook on Wednesday, October 14.
A number of social media users also shared the video wondering if the student was suffering from asthma or it was a suspected case of COVID-19.
However, a screenshot sighted by Briefly Kenyan News indicated that the student was suffering from Hysteria which was managed and the student later discharged.
Hysteria can be defined as a feature of some conditions that involve people experiencing physical symptoms that have a psychological cause.
Symptoms of hysteria included partial paralysis, hallucinations, and nervousness.
Other symptoms often ascribed to hysteria include; shortness of breath, anxiety, fainting, nervousness, insomnia, sexual forwardness, irritability and agitation
The student reported back to school with signs of a slight fever and cold prompting the institution’s principal to isolate her and reported the matter to health surveillance officers.
Below is the video of the high school student struggling to breath
Situation at lubinu boys high school pic.twitter.com/dT0ApnicmM
— davis sanix opanda (@OpandaDavis) October 15, 2020
Reactions from netizens The viral video sent shock waves among Kenyans and Briefly Kenyan News sampled some of the comments:
Mungoni James: “That’s scary.” Reagan suggested: “That’s COVID-19 man.”
One Juma opined the action was stage managed: “Looks more of asthma than COVID-19 to me but again They had time and audacity to take the video instead of seeking medical attention.”