Tricia Dunne, publisher of the Times-Journal in Fort Payne, Alabama, wrote a first-person account for yesterday's newspaper about the COVID-19 experience that she and her husband went through after both tested positive for the virus. While her symptoms really weren’t that bad, she said her husband got horribly sick.
"I have taken this more seriously than anyone I know," she wrote. "We ordered masks, gloves and hand sanitizer in January when it first hit China. It wasn’t a matter of if, it was a matter of when it would get here.
"I stayed on my employees, my family, my friends, elected officials and everyone I came in contact with to take it seriously, and I am the one who got it."
Thankfully, she wrote, all of her coworkers tested negative, as did the Dunne's two young daughters.
In telling her story of this unpredictable virus, Dunne said she hopes to change the minds of people who think this won't happen to them. "Please take this situation seriously," she wrote.