Recovered Coronavirus Patient: ‘Hysteria Has Just Gotten Out of Control’
65-year-old Jerri Jorgensen speaks out after recovering from COVID-19
A 65-year-old former coronavirus patient is speaking out about her experience, saying she believes "the hysteria has just gotten out of control" surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic.
Speaking during a Friday interview on “Fox & Friends,” Jerri Jorgensen, who was struck down with coronavirus while onboard the Diamond Princess cruise ship, detailed her sickness.
Jorgenson revealed she was feeling “a bit off” after running a slight fever for a few hours on the cruise ship.
She is no longer testing positive for COVID-19 says she's surprised by the fallout since being diagnosed with the disease herself.
Jorgenson, of St. George, Utah, says the “hysteria” since she returned back home has spiraled “out of control.”
“The hysteria has just gotten out of control,” Jorgenson declared.
“All the toilet paper being gone — I don’t get the toilet paper thing. I really don’t,” she added.
She went on to discuss being kicked out of her gym at home.
She said she was banned from the facility to protect senior citizens because she once had the coronavirus, despite being one herself.
"[W]hen I went to my gym, everyone was hugging me — even people that I didn’t know were hugging me and saying, ‘Oh, I’ve been following your story. It’s so good to have you back,’” Jorgensen recalled.
"Everything was great. I get home, get a call from management saying, ‘We just need to be careful because we have a lot of senior citizens in our gym.’
"I go, ‘I’m a senior citizen, wait, what about me?’
"And I’m the safest one in the gym — probably the safest person in Utah because I’ve been through quarantine and tested more than once negative.
"It is what it is,” she concluded.
Another U.S. citizen infected with the coronavirus while onboard the Diamond Princess has also been speaking out about his experience with the disease.
Like Jorgenson, Carl Goldman is one of the at least 40 American citizens from the Japanese cruise ship that tested positive for the Wuhan virus.
According to News Pushed, officials at the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) transferred Goldman and his wife, who was not infected, to biocontainment center at the University of Nebraska hospital.
Over 40 of the total number of Americans who have had the disease came from the Japanese cruiser.
In an essay for The Washington Post, Goldman argues that the disease is not “that bad” and that under different circumstances, he “would have gone to work as usual.”
“I am in my late 60s, and the sickest I’ve ever been was when I had bronchitis several years ago,” Goldman writes.
"That laid me out on my back for a few days.
"This has been much easier: no chills, no body aches. I breathe easily, and I don’t have a stuffy nose.
"My chest feels tight, and I have coughing spells.
"If I were at home with similar symptoms, I probably would have gone to work as usual."
Goldman and Jorgenson were among the 3,711 passengers and crew who were quarantined on the Diamond Princess for two weeks.