A doctor from Atlanta who is treating coronavirus patients has isolated himself in the garage to protect his newborn daughter and family.
The wife of the Emory University Hospital physician, who is also a doctor on maternity leave, posted the family’s story in several tweets, the New York Post reported.
“My spouse is a physician in the emergency dept, and is actively treating #coronavirus patients,” Dr. Rachel Patzer, director of Emory’s Health Services Research Center said in a tweet.
“We have a three week old newborn and two young kids and just can’t risk it," she said. "This is one example of the sacrifice that healthcare workers are making for our communities.”
Dr. Rachel Patzer went on to say that homeschooling her children alone has become difficult due to her newborn always crying. She said this is not how she envisioned her maternity leave.
In an interview with CNN, Patzer didn’t share her husband’s name, but she said she does not understand why people are not social distancing. She urged the public to “please take this pandemic seriously.”
“My husband and I are really very privileged and fortunate to have a place where he can move and separate himself, for us to really do our part in social distancing,” she said.
Dr. Patzer’s Twitter thread has gained over more than 266,000 likes and 55,000 retweets. Former President Barack Obama retweeted the post. He captioned his tweet, “We owe a profound debt of gratitude to all our health professionals and everybody who’ll be on the front lines of this pandemic for a long while.”
He continued, “They’re giving everything. May we all model our own behavior on their selflessness and sacrifice as we help each other through this.”