A Letter From COVID-19 Exile

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Nikhil Bhat

Nikhil is a data scientist and scleroderma patient advocate living in Baltimore. He sometimes tweets at @nikhilb and internets at nikhilb.in.

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6 Responses

  1. Thank you for writing this. I enjoyed hearing your perspective very much. Best wishes for staying safe and healthy!Report

  2. Avatar Rufus F. says:

    Best wishes in staying healthy. This must be fairly nerve wracking as is.

    I think another problem with saying we need the people with underlying health risks to self-isolate is we’re assuming a lot in thinking they all know they have underlying health issues.Report

  3. Avatar greginak says:

    Thanks. Hope you guys get through this. Interesting read about all the safety steps you have to take.Report

  4. Avatar George Turner says:

    That was very well written.

    I could easily imagine the area around John’s Hopkins having a major outbreak, adding to the existing risks of being in the area around John’s Hopkins.

    There is a significant disconnect between people whose reaction is “Hah. I’m not a risk” and the people whose reaction was “Oh no. I should update my will in case I get infected.”

    When my area first locked down, I got a knock on my door. It was some young neighbors who were partying hard and had run out of sugar for their cocktails. I gave them a handful of sugar packets and wondered if I should have thrown a tirade about exposing innocent people to a fatal disease just so they can have their jollies.Report

  5. Avatar Kazzy says:

    Thank you for sharing. This is an incredibly helpful perspective to have.

    Jaybird asked elsewhere if/when folks would change their mind on Corona related issues. This may be something that changes mine.Report

  6. Avatar Tama Backlund says:

    Nikhil, I am truly sorry that you and your wife are needing to shelter at home and continue to fret the virus will find it’s way to you. You are a fine young man and I hope that you and your wife will come through this pandemic with even more zest for life, love and compassion for those who have special needs of any kind.Report

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