A Tennessee father who announced he was the state’s first coronavirus case described in a lengthy Facebook post what it was like to be “patient zero.”
“These past few weeks have certainly been interesting, to say the least,” Chris Baumgartner began the note, which he shared Sunday.
“My family has not only had a front row seat to the mass hysteria we are now experiencing as a nation, but we’ve also been part of the storyline.”
Baumgartner characterized his physical symptoms as “mild,” but said the mental challenges faced by him and his family were more complex.
The 44-year-old, who continues to recover, described having to deal with an “irrational public” who demanded “to know if you are the ‘one,’ where you live, and if you might have somehow infected their child or family.”