James Cai Biography, James Cai Wiki
James Cai, a physician assistant who was New Jersey’s first confirmed coronavirus case, said he didn’t have any underlying health conditions. He has been hospitalized at the Hackensack University Medical Center since last week after being treated in the emergency room for his symptoms.
“The virus is everything,” Cai told WCBS. “Diarrhea, watery eyes, shortness of breath, chest pain, you name it. High fever.”
“Every day is getting worse,” he added.
Experts have said the coronavirus poses more of a risk for elderly people as well as those with underlying health conditions, including heart disease, cancer, high blood pressure, and diabetes.
The 32-year-old medical worker said he believed he was infected at a medical conference held at a hotel in Times Square the weekend before he was taken to the emergency room.
“People have to take coronavirus seriously,” Cai said. “It’s very serious.”
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Fast Facts You Need to Know
- A 32-year-old medical worker in New Jersey has said his health is “getting worse” after he was hospitalized and tested positive for the novel coronavirus last week.
- “The virus is everything,” James Cai told New York City’s WCBS. “Diarrhea, watery eyes, shortness of breath, chest pain, you name it. High fever.”
- Experts have said the coronavirus poses more of a risk for elderly people as well as those with underlying health conditions, though that is not always the case.
- Cai emphasized that people should take the disease more seriously and take more care in preventing infection.
- The US has at least 725 confirmed cases including 26 deaths — 22 in Washington state, two in Florida, and two in California.
James Cai Age
James Cai is a 32-year-old.
Wife, Children, Family
James Cai is married and has a young daughter. He said he is also worried about his 90-year-old grandparents. He said his family is also all in isolation, though it’s unclear if they’re in the same hospital as Cai.
He also has a brother, who communicated with Pulte about the interview and who originally reached out to increase public awareness of Cai’s case. His brother is also a medical professional, who works at the Mount Sinai main campus in New York City.
James Cai is a physician assistant and shared in the interview that his boss is a physician and helped translate some medical studies done in China to English for the staff at the hospital. He is of Chinese descent and lives in New York. James Cai also spoke with CBS and told them he lives and works in Manhattan and Fort Lee. He said he went to urgent care first then the ER at Hackensack University Medical Center and has been there since March 3.
New Jersey declared a state of emergency on Monday night after going from 11 confirmed cases of coronavirus to 17. Governor Phil Murphy said: “Right now, the overall risk to individuals from the coronavirus remains low, but we are taking this step out of an abundance of precaution and prudence.” He continued, saying the state of emergency “responsibly removes bureaucratic barriers to make sure we have the resources and supplies our front line public health and safety professionals need to do their jobs.”
New Jersey Coronavirus Victim Speaks in Twitter Interview Video
In the interview with Pulte, James Cai says he’s been in isolation at Hackensack University Medical Center in New Jersey for the past week and that “it’s been hell.” He said that to start with, they were just treating him as though he had the “normal flu.” He added that “they say I’m young and I’m not going to die, but they don’t know the truth about corona[virus].”
He also said that he had not received very professional medical treatment and that they were not up to date on the coronavirus. He said nurses are afraid to approach him and when they come into the room, he has to look at the wall and avoid looking at them.
During the interview, he was getting short of breath a few times, and said that he was having trouble breathing and would most likely need to be placed on a ventilator soon. He said, “I don’t know how many days I can last.”
In the portion of the video before and after speaking with James Cai, and in Pulte’s summary of the situation, he mentioned that James Cai has no preexisting health conditions and is a non-smoker, in addition to being young, only 32 years old.
James Cai said on the video call that his brother, who is also a medical professional, believes there are two strains of coronavirus, and one is a “deadly one.” He added, “maybe I’m the unlucky one to get the deadly one.” The two strains theory has been proposed by Chinese researchers, who argue that there is one strain that is more transmissible or more aggressive or both. However, other researchers have warned about these conclusions and say they are unfounded, the LA Times reported.
Another case of coronavirus made the headlines on Tuesday, March 10. A young patient in their 30s, with no underlying health problems, was hospitalized on Monday and is in critical condition. This person sought medical care on March 3 but was not tested, and returned on March 9 and was admitted and tested positive, media reported.