California man with coronavirus says illness 'less severe' than bout of bronchitis: 'It isn't a horrible calamity'

Carl Goldman, a native of Santa Clarita, was recently on the Diamond Princess cruise ship with his wife Jeri Goldman


                            California man with coronavirus says illness 'less severe' than bout of bronchitis: 'It isn't a horrible calamity'
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SANTA CLARITA, CALIFORNIA: As the world reels under the rapidly spreading novel coronavirus, Carl Goldman—who had recently contracted the deadly disease—has offered some some surprising and interesting insights.

Goldman, a native of Santa Clarita, California, took the Diamond Princess cruise ship with his wife Jeri Goldman. On his flight back to the US, he came down with a fever and was diagnosed with coronavirus.

He has been quarantined since February 16 in Nebraska.

Although hundreds of passengers aboard the Diamond Princess cruise have tested positive for coronavirus, his wife Jeri luckily tested negative.

During his time away in a biocontainment unit, Goldman had enough time to think and reflect on his health and his experience of living with coronavirus.

Goldberg, who is the owner of KHTS radio, said that coronavirus was less severe than a bout of bronchitis he had in the past.

“This has been much easier: no chills, no body aches, I breathe easily, and I don’t have a stuffy nose," he said, according to The Mirror. "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."

He revealed that he spent his time catching up on work, and enjoying some alone time.

Although he has been tested positive, he believes that he doesn’t require much medical care because his temperature has subsided, and he is now only plagued by occasional coughing spells.

Doctors take his temperature every three hours and have reportedly instructed him to do breathing exercises.

He said that, instead of sitting confined in his room all day, he does laps around the small room to keep his blood flowing and keep his spirits high.

He is hopeful of being released soon after he passes three tests in a row.

Although contracting the deadly virus was scary, Goldman says coronavirus doesn’t  have to be "a horrible calamity.”

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