Paul L. Caron

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Law Professor, Law Student Diagnosed With COVID-19

National Law Journal, Sen. Klobuchar's Husband, a Baltimore Law Prof, Tests Positive for COVID-19:

BesslerU.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar said Monday her husband, John Bessler, a law professor at the University of Baltimore, is hospitalized after testing positive for COVID-19, the respiratory disease tied to the novel coronavirus.

Klobuchar, D-Minnesota and a one-time U.S. presidential contender, said in a post Monday at Medium:

John started to feel sick when I was in Minnesota and he was in Washington D.C. and like so many others who have had the disease, he thought it was just a cold. Yet he immediately quarantined himself just in case and stopped going to his job teaching in Baltimore. He kept having a temperature and a bad, bad cough and when he started coughing up blood he got a test and a chest X-ray and they checked him into a hospital in Virginia because of a variety of things including very low oxygen levels which haven’t really improved. He now has pneumonia and is on oxygen but not a ventilator.

Klobuchar described Bessler as “exhausted and sick but a very strong and resilient person.”

Boston Herald, Boston College Law Student Shares Coronavirus Diagnosis: ‘Maybe I Had Something That Was Causing People to Die’:

MooreBoston College law student Sarah Moore spent the first week of March on spring break in Ireland, where coronavirus was barely on the map. But March 14, a week after the 24-year-old returned from her trip, she felt herself coming down with a fever. She shared her experience of getting sick with and testing positive for COVID-19, as told to Herald reporter Meghan Ottolini:

“I did not feel it coming on at all. I got back from Ireland, where I had been in airports and around a lot of people traveling, and I got back March 7. I didn’t show symptoms until the 14th. I was working out, I truly felt fine.

I went to breakfast with my roommate that day. You know when you feel a fever coming on, you have chills and trouble regulating your temperature? That morning I felt hotter than I would normally be. When we got home, I was just feeling a little tired. I took a nap, which I never do. When I woke up, I could hear my breathing, and it was raspier than usual. At that point I started to get nervous: was that it, or was I overreacting?

Over the course of that evening I developed a fever of 101. That’s when I was like, I’m actually ill, regardless of what it is. Now we have to start making all the phone calls. Contacting people was kind of a nightmare.

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