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Across the United States, many hospitals are confronting their first cases of coronavirus. Today, we speak to New Jersey’s first confirmed coronavirus patient, a medical professional, about what having the virus was like for him, what he learned from the experience and why he thinks, “America is not ready.”

Guests: Susan Dominus, a staff writer at The New York Times Magazine, spoke with James Cai, a physician assistant. For more information on today’s episode, visit nytimes.com/thedaily. 

Background reading: 

  • James Cai was told his test for coronavirus had not been completed. Then he heard from the governor on the news that he was the first confirmed case in New Jersey. Why states must ask knotty questions about how much to tell the public — and when.
  • President Trump, listening to his health advisers, has said that the country should be practicing social distancing until at least the end of April. Here are the latest updates.
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marry rahmani

As medical profeasional this felt pretty biased . Covid19 is a new virus but viral pneumonias are not . doctors understand saturation levels . they know about the medication , they know about the risk vs benefits of medication . all Covid19 medication are not specifically designed for this virus and can cause serious complications . As a rule the main defence against any virus is the person own immune system even with the very well known flu , trials are still going on about how much medecation can help. The main treatment is supportive measures and give the body time to do the rest . This interview has disregarded doctors experince and medical knowledge and is disrespectful to medical professionals treating james .

Mar 31st
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Jay Rok

good story but sounds pretty scripted

Mar 31st
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John Smith

"Nobody in the hospital had any experience dealing with this disease"....??? WHAT? Except every doctor in the hospital who has limitless access to the world wide web and every medical journal entry from the very beginning of the outbreak.... NYT 👏👏 bravo... you guys are IDIOTS...

Mar 30th
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John Smith

what will the liberals have to complain about today...

Mar 30th
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ID17606932

He got better after the drugs he didn’t get better on his own...

Mar 30th
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