With a growing stream of COVID-19 cases on island, people who have so far tested positive are in a mix of home, hospital, and SNU-isolation.
PNC spoke to one positive coronavirus patient who’s currently isolated at home.
42-year-old Jason is COVID-19 positive and asymptomatic.
“I’m not showing any symptoms but I can be a host…like a carrier. And I can pass it on to other people and other people get sick,” Jason said.
Jason said he literally feels no difference in himself and is not exhibiting even basic cold symptoms, yet alone those linked to COVID19.
His father-in-law was recently in the Philippines and returned to Guam. He was the original source of the virus for Jason and his 37-year-old wife.
The father-in-law lives with the couple and their 11-year-old son.
Jason said he got a call from Public Health last Wednesday saying his in-law tested positive.
“Then we go to Public Health in Dededo, there’s a little drive-thru there. They come out fully masked … it looks like that movie Outbreak. Then they have us sign papers and start taking your vitals. After that, they swab you through the nose, it’s a little thing — about 5 inches long. They stick it in your nose and it feels tingly and really feels like they touch your brain. It makes your eyes watery. And then that’s it…and then they said they’ll call us back in a day on Thursday,” Jason said.
That’s when they found out they were both positive, but their son tested negative.
The young boy is now staying with family while the couple remains in home isolation. That is the most emotionally trying part of this ordeal for Jason.
“It’s hard because we’re never apart for more than 3 to 4 hours. We’re always together as a family. So, he’s taking it hard. My wife’s taking it hard. You know…even me, not having my son for already almost 10 days. But you know it’s for the best for him,” Jason said.
He added: “I mean, he’s my only child you know. So, it’s kind of hard when he’s not here. Public Health always checks up on him, too. Just because we were together, you know, but the good thing was he tested negative…so that’s a good thing.”
Jason said he and his wife are sticking to their home-bound order very strictly and Public Health officials make sure of that.
“[They stop by] to make sure we’re home. But they won’t call. They’ll just show up to make sure we’re home. Because if we’re not, that’s against our self-quarantine, that stay at home thing that we sign. And if we’re not home, then that’s when that thing, where they take you to the isolation area,” Jason said.
He said staffers don’t screen them or take their temperature. They have to monitor their own symptoms and call if anything changes.
Jason said it’s definitely frustrating to feel completely fine, with not even a hint of any sickness, but still be immobile
“I don’t know how people can do this…stay home all day… I’m going nuts! It’s not like I’m going to go out and galavant around the whole island, it’s just the fact that I can’t go to the store and get my own stuff,” Jason said.
Nonetheless, Jason is staying positive and is thankful he’s got family to support them.
“We have a little table outside where people just drop our stuff. They just drive up – like a drive-thru – and drop it off and they leave. Then they call us to say, hey your stuff is outside.”
Jason said he’s asked Public Health what happens when his 14 days is over and they don’t yet know if they’ll re-test him or get some sort of clearance from doctors.
He also doesn’t know if he’s immune from getting COVID19 again, once recovered.
His message to the public from home isolation?
JUST STAY HOME.