Back From the Brink
Across the United States, many hospitals are confronting their first confirmed cases of coronavirus. Today, we speak to New Jersey’s patient zero, 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’s assistant who was the first person in New Jersey to contract the coronavirus. 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.