Man with coron­avirus: It’s eas­ier than hav­ing a cold

Times-Herald (Vallejo) - - LOCAL NEWS - By Eric Li­cas

A Santa Clarita man in­fected with coron­avirus on a cruise ship in Ja­pan re­mained ill and iso­lated at a hospi­tal in Omaha, Ne­braska as of Satur­day, Feb. 29.

But he says his symp­toms have been mild.

Carl Gold­man spent weeks aboard the Di­a­mond Princess, a cruise liner on which hun­dreds of peo­ple had con­tracted the virus. He came down with a fever dur­ing a flight back to the U.S. char­tered by the State Depart­ment on Sun­day, Feb. 16, and sub­se­quently was di­ag­nosed.

“It was a gi­ant float­ing Petri dish,” he said of the ship.

How­ever, his body tem­per­a­ture re­turned to nor­mal about four days later, he wrote in a first-hand re­port for KHTS Ra­dio, a sta­tion he owns along with his wife, Jeri Ser­rati-Gold­man. Since then, he’s been bugged mostly by a per­sis­tent cough — and bore­dom.

He’s made a point to walk at least 10,000 steps each day, which equates to about 750 laps around the room where he is cur­rently kept in iso­la­tion. He hasn’t had any di­rect con­tact with any­one but med­i­cal staff dur­ing his stay in Ne­braska, but he’s re­ceived a steady stream of en­cour­ag­ing mes­sages from old friends and Santa Clarita res­i­dents con­cerned about his con­di­tion.

“And, the food has been pretty good in the hospi­tal,” he added.

Gold­man was still iso­lated and un­der ob­ser­va­tion over the week­end, but had been moved out of the bio-con­tain­ment wing and into a reg­u­lar room on Wed., Feb. 26.

He still ap­pears to har­bor the virus, and will have to test neg­a­tive for three con­sec­u­tive screen­ings, each con­ducted 24 hours apart from one an­other, be­fore of­fi­cials can con­sider al­low­ing him to re­turn home, he said.But his spir­its are high.

“It’s had less of an im­pact (on me) than the com­mon cold,” he said Satur­day, while wait­ing for lab re­sults from swabs and blood work.

Gold­man has been lucky. The coron­avirus has spread to at least 83,000 peo­ple around the world and as of Satur­day af­ter­noon killed more than 2,800 of those in­fected.

The first death in the U.S. was re­ported in the state of Wash­ing­ton on Satur­day.

At least 22 peo­ple in the U.S. have con­tracted the ill­ness, Depart­ment of Health and Hu­man Ser­vices Sec­re­tary Alex Azar said in a news con­fer­ence

“The coun­try as a whole, be­cause we get asked that all the time, still re­mains at low risk,” Dr. An­thony Fauci, head of Na­tional In­sti­tute of Al­lergy and In­fec­tious Dis­eases, told re­porters Satur­day. “But when we say that, we want to un­der­score that this is a de­vel­op­ing a sit­u­a­tion.”

Some who con­tract the virus may not ex­hibit risk fac­tors, such as ad­vanced age, di­a­betes, obe­sity and prior car­dio­vas­cu­lar or res­pi­ra­tory con­di­tions, Fauci said.

That ex­pec­ta­tion is in line with Gold­man’s ob­ser­va­tions aboard the Di­a­mond Princess. He saw the virus in­fect peo­ple of all dif­fer­ent ages in­dis­crim­i­nately, he said. While some suc­cumbed to the disease, oth­ers hardly showed symp­toms at all.

Jeri Ser­rati-Gold­man spent weeks in con­fine­ment with her hus­band, but never con­tracted coron­avirus.

“There didn’t seem to be any com­mon de­nom­i­na­tor,” he said.

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