66-year-old California resident, Carl Goldman, contracted the coronavirus while cruising on the Diamond Princess cruise ship with his wife Jeri Seratti-Goldman. So far, there have been six confirmed deaths of passengers who were on the same 16-day cruise with the Goldmans.

Americans have a lot of questions that Goldman attempts to answer, like how bad are the symptoms associated with coronavirus, and are healthy people at the same risk as patients with a history of health issues. Goldman attempts to answer those questions in a couple of interesting interviews about his experience with the coronavirus.

The Daily Mail reports – He finally returned to the U.S. on February 17 and had to be brought to the hospital by stretcher after falling ill with the coronavirus, despite walking onto the plane an apparently healthy man.

Goldman said that the virus, which has now claimed almost 3,000 lives globally, struck him out of nowhere causing a high fever after he displayed no symptoms at all during the two weeks he spent in quarantine in Japan.

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Although falling in the older age range which evidence shows places Carl Goldman at higher risk of both contracting the virus and it proving to be fatal, the disease has not worked to slow him down.

The 66-year-old posts online from his confinement about trying to beat his steps each day, continuing the active lifestyle which saw him go skiing to celebrate his 60th birthday as he warns that exercising is the way to remain healthy.

While the virus appeared to hit him from out of nowhere, he described his other symptoms as ‘mild’ and that he felt worse when he contracted bronchitis.

NPR – The cruise through Southeast Asia was a gift for his wife, Jeri Seratti-Goldman, for Christmas and her birthday. As owners of a local radio station in Santa Clarita, Calif., the two were looking forward to a break, but it didn’t turn out quite how they hoped. “Who knew we were going to end the cruise in beautiful Omaha?” Goldman says.

The couple left California for the 16-day cruise on Jan. 17. But then, about two weeks in, they got bad news. The ship’s captain reported that a passenger who had already left the ship was diagnosed with the coronavirus.

Doctors in hazmat suits check on Goldman each day, he says. “I’ve got a little cough still … my voice is a bit raspy, and I’m a little fatigued, but that may be also because of the jet lag and the travel and everything else on top of it,” he says. “It doesn’t feel any different than recuperating from a regular cold.”

He finally returned to the U.S. on February 17 and had to be brought to the hospital by stretcher after falling ill with the coronavirus, despite walking onto the plane an apparently healthy man.

Goldman said that the virus, which has now claimed almost 3,000 lives globally, struck him out of nowhere causing a high fever after he displayed no symptoms at all during the two weeks he spent in quarantine in Japan.

The couple is now at a bio-containment facility at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha where Carl is still testing positive for the disease.’

Doctors in hazmat suits check on Goldman each day, he says. “I’ve got a little cough still … my voice is a bit raspy, and I’m a little fatigued, but that may be also because of the jet lag and the travel and everything else on top of it,” he says. “It doesn’t feel any different than recuperating from a regular cold.”

 

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