A Week of Worry: COVID-19 Hits Home

A Week of Worry: COVID-19 Hits Home
Before Thanksgiving, I wrote about finding thanks in the chaos of COVID-19. As I submitted my column for publication, the pandemic hit home. Fear and uncertainty quickly replaced gratitude. Since early March, my husband, Patrick, and I have taken all of the precautions to avoid contracting the coronavirus. I only leave the house for medical appointments. Patrick took over grocery shopping, and we order online for curbside pickup or delivery as much as possible. In public, we always wear masks and sanitize our hands frequently. Unfortunately, as a closing assistant for a homebuilder, Patrick is an essential worker. Because he handles title documents, he’s one of the handful of employees who can’t work remotely. Despite following all safety protocols to a T, he came into contact with a colleague who exposed him to COVID-19. The call On Sunday a week before Thanksgiving, Patrick received a text from his supervisor’s manager to call her immediately. She informed him that an employee had tested positive for COVID-19, and he was on the list of people with whom the person had come into contact. For privacy reasons, she only disclosed that the person was asymptomatic. Patrick would need to contact the company’s COVID-19 hotline for specifics, and quarantine for 14 days. That Monday was frantic. Patrick called his doctor first thing in the morning to request a test, but the scheduler told him they wouldn’t test him until seven days after exposure. He then spent most of the day trying to reach his human resource department to get the number for the COVID-19 hotline. I was relieved to have an appointment scheduled with my transplant nurse practitioner that afternoon. When I told her that Patrick’s doctor refused to give him a test, she instructed me to
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