I’ve heard of a few friends of friends with COVID-19. One of my students at Harvard Medical School believes that he had it, but was unable to get tested. Last night I learned, for the first time, of a friend who almost surely has COVID-19. His wife is the only one who has actually been tested (via lung scan; the RNA test won’t be back until Wednesday). They’re in Michigan and, like Massachusetts, tests are mostly for those who are hospitalized. She is 50 and has suffered from a variety of health conditions, unfortunately, for the past 15 years, that include diabetes and a heart infection. She gets sicker than the rest of the family when there is a cold or flu going around and has had pneumonia a couple of times in recent years. She hasn’t needed oxygen or a ventilator yet.
He thinks that he got the disease on February 19th in New York City. Since then he’s had a cough, occasional chills at night, intermittent fever (never over 100). He’s 56.
Due to living together in a small house, their teenage children must have gotten coronavirus as well. A son was asymptomatic. The daughter experienced it as a cold.
He’s a university professor and has been able to work through all of this, never taking a day off.
So… if you cough and your friends shout out “Coronavirus!” as a joke… they might be right.