March 3, 2020|12: 31pm |UpdatedMarch 3, 2020 | 1: 09pm
Steve Wozniak and his wife, Janet Hill
Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak urged that he and his wife may have contracted coronavirus nearly two months ago — and quipped that they each may have even been “patient zero” in the US.
The 69-year-ancient millionaire tech entrepreneur told USA Today that he and Janet Wozniak came down with “the worst flu of our lives” after visiting Southeast Asia in January.
“Checking out Janet’s bad cough,” Wozniak tweeted Monday. “Started Jan. 4. We had moral returned from China and may have each been patient zero in U.S.”
Both had sore throats and coughs upon their return to the US, Wozniak told the paper. He canned some of his planned appearances in Las Vegas after the outing and lost his express, he said.
“We canceled everything else to head home, but I couldn’t stream out of mattress for 2 days,” he added. “I did assert everybody that I was in uncomfortable health and stayed away from almost all in Vegas.”
Janet was coughing up blood — and went to the hospital, the place doctors said that the illness “was no American flu,” he added.
“We have no longer been able to get examined [for coronavirus] in this nation,” he said. “Had our return from Southeast Asia been today, we’d certainly have been examined and quarantined, with the symptoms we had. But it wasn’t treated as important back then.”
He said he reached out to the CDC, but bought a compose letter reminding the couple to wash their hands.
“There was no take a look at for this COVID-19 then,” he told the paper. “Eventually, they did have a take a look at, but you may most effective get it performed via the CDC and they wouldn’t take a look at folk care for myself and Janet, who had been effectively past symptoms.”
Janet later confirmed to USA Today that she had been diagnosed with a sinus infection.
Her husband called his “patient zero” reference “kind of a joke,” adding that the couple’s gastrointestinal symptoms had been no longer characteristic of coronavirus.
“I think that our GI symptoms better fit some other flu, because you rarely hear of that with COVID-19,” he said. “But there’s no way to find out till we can get a take a look at, and now it’s two months later, and a month past symptoms.”
Symptoms of the illness, which appear two to 14 days after publicity, include a cough, fever and shortness of breath, according to the CDC.
Within the US, extra than 100 folk have been infected with COVID-19 in at least 11 states. Six folk have died in Washington state, including four aged residents from the same nursing home.