The first coronavirus patient from Georgia to be quarantined in a trailer park reveals that he was shocked to recover, but discovered that he was unemployed, his state closed, and the pandemic brought the country to a halt.
Despite the crisis, Joey Camp, a 30-year-old chef at Waffle House in Cartersville, thinks the country is overreacting to the virus.
“With all the craziness in the world, America needs to show people that this is not something that countries should shut down,” Camp told the Los Angeles Times.
“We have to be the adults in the room,” he added.
30-year-old Georgian man Joey Camp, who tested positive for COVID-19, was quarantined and conquered the disease, saying the US is overreacting to the corona virus. He was the first person in Georgia to be placed in a 26-foot RV in Hard Labor Creek State Park that was converted into a special quarantine camp by state officials.
When Camp emerged from days of quarantine and isolation, he was shocked to see that his city had been shaken by the fear of the corona virus with people wearing gloves and masks. Camp’s $ 10.65 an hour job at Waffle House cut his hours as fewer customers came in due to the outbreak and eventually closed. A Waffle House in Georgia pictured above
Aerial view shows the COVID-19 isolation and surveillance site, where first COVID-19 patient Joey Camp was isolated at Hard Labor Creek State Park on Friday, March 13
The former National Guardsman was signed to COVID-19 in late February, but didn’t think about it.
When the chills and body aches became severe, he went to an emergency room and was diagnosed with pneumonia. A few days later, he tested positive for the virus.
He said he was connected to an oxygen hose for three days.
Over the next six days, he became the first Georgian to be placed in a 26-foot RV in Hard Labor Creek State Park and converted into a special quarantine camp by state officials.
Camp, a divorced father of two, hoped to return to his normal routine.
He found it nerve-wracking to get out of quarantine to find people in public wearing masks and surgical gloves and wiping gas pumps with baby wipes.
“It looks like Mad Max. It’s kind of weird. It’s like everyone is holding their breath, waiting for society to collapse or society to return to normal, “he said.
Camp’s $ 10.65 an hour job at Waffle House cut his hours as fewer customers came in due to the outbreak and eventually closed.
His other part-time appearance was that a party driver also ended up worrying about how he would make ends meet.
“I will make zero dollars in the near future,” he said.
“Someone who makes $ 50,000 or $ 60,000 a year just doesn’t understand what this means,” he added.
When the divorced father of two came out of quarantine, he was excited to return to his normal life. But he was shocked to find companies closing down and the community panicking about the virus
As of Thursday, there are more than 73,000 cases of the virus in the US and more than 1,000 deaths
Camp is one of many Americans in rural areas and small towns who reject calls for social distancing and shutdowns – unlike the panic in big cities like New York and Los Angeles and Seattle.
Camp says coronavirus resembles flu, although scientific experts say COVID-19 is 10 times more deadly.
“It won’t kill the vast majority of the population. People hear 3.4 percent mortality. They don’t hear the 96.6 percent survival rate. ‘
There is a great contrast in the virus response along the party line.
Democratic states such as California and New York have approached the virus with aggressive and sometimes panicky agendas, opened test centers, and held daily news conferences about the virus. Such states have also banned public gatherings and closed restaurants.
As of Thursday afternoon, there have been 1,525 cases of COVID-19 in Georgia and 48 deaths. A drive-thru testing center pictured at the Cobb County Outdoor Arena on Tuesday March 17 in Marietta, Georgia
Doctors wear masks at the entrance of the tent of the mobile surge unit for coronavirus testing outside the emergency entrance at WellStar Kennestone Hospital in Marietta, Georgia on March 17
Republican governor Brian Kemp has been delayed in shuttering companies. He finally ordered Monday to close bars and banned public meetings from over ten people – however, restaurants are still open and active. In Bartow County, local officials have closed all restaurants, movie theaters, and bars. A test tent pictured at Wellstar Kennestone Regional Hospital
Republican states like Texas and Florida, however, have responded much more slowly to the virus.
Such states often mistrust government rules and media coverage of the pandemic.
Camp is a libertarian who says he plans to vote for Trump again. His home is an agricultural and manufacturing city with 20,000 residents northwest of Atlanta.
“We probably have more chicken owners in this county than we have coronavirus victims and there aren’t that many farms here,” said Camp.
As of Thursday afternoon, there are 1,525 COVID-19 cases in the state and 48 deaths.
Republican governor Brian Kemp has been delayed in shuttering companies. He finally ordered Monday to close bars and banned public meetings from over ten people – however, restaurants are still open and active.
In Bartow County, local officials have closed all restaurants, movie theaters, and bars.
As the coronavirus outbreak escalates, Camp admits he is brave to put aside his concerns.
“Maybe this thing will mutate and become more deadly. And that makes me sad because it puts me back in the pool, ”he said.
Eventually he found a new job in the face of company closings, this time making hand sanitizer.