A father in Connecticut of newborn twins who tested positive for coronavirus is continuing to battle against the illness, while his wife warns how the panic is not all “hysteria.”
The man, whose identity is being withheld over the family’s privacy concerns, started experiencing symptoms of the coronavirus after attending a work conference in San Francisco in late February.
His wife shared the information on a GoFundMe page. On Feb. 28, he returned home feeling tired, and by March 2 he had developed a fever that initially was told was the flu, she told Hearst Connecticut Media, per the Connecticut Post. And it wasn’t long after he tested positive for coronavirus and developed pneumonia.
“He quickly progressed to bilateral pneumonia and was hospitalized a week later in respiratory distress,” she posted to GoFundMe. “He is now in the ICU at Danbury Hospital in a medically induced coma and on a ventilator. His condition is guarded.”
She also shared how doctors have said his road to recovery is a “marathon, not a sprint,” and that, as a Star Wars fan, “the force is strong with this one.”
She continues to update the GoFundMe page with his progress, and on Wednesday, shared how his doctors have seen improvement, and are hoping to wean him off his ventilator as early as this weekend.
“I know some people are saying this is hysteria, but I think it’s really important for people to take this seriously,” she reportedly revealed to Hearst. “My husband got really sick, really fast.”
In the interim, his wife, who is a per diem registered nurse, states she has been home with the couple’s twin sons under quarantine and is unable to work “for the foreseeable future” despite the fact that neither she nor her children have shown signs of illness.
“Some spread might be possible before people show symptoms,” the CDC states on its website.
According to the GoFundMe page, she alleges her husband has not had a fever since Monday night and she hopes he will be in better shape by March 28 so the two can attend a planned dinner and Broadway show in New York City to celebrate their fifth wedding anniversary.
But as New York shuts down gatherings of 500 people or more (including Broadway shows) and social distancing becomes common practice, it may not be a reality.
“He can fight this thing I know it,” she wrote. “I miss him so much. I haven’t gone 24 hours not talking to him in 5.5 years. I had to replay some old voicemails back from when we were dating, to hear his voice… I can’t wait for the day I can hug him again.”
According to The New York Times, the man is one of three confirmed cases of coronavirus in Connecticut. There have been at least 1,297 confirmed cases and 37 deaths in the country as of last Thursday afternoon.
And while the man did not feel well after arriving home after his work conference, he did not come into contact with many people in Connecticut. According to his wife said his steps were retraced by authorities, who said they could “count on one hand” the number of people with whom he’d interacted, the Connecticut Post shared.
With a background in the creative and educational fields, Amelia Finefrock is freelance writer, singer-songwriter and nanny based in Chicago.
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