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People with compromised immune systems preparing for COVID-19

Posted at 9:25 PM, Mar 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-07 23:49:18-05

The Ansaris' West Jordan home is filled with enough food and supplies to last two to three months. They don’t normally have this much stuff, but they want to be prepared for the coronavirus.

Friday, Utah health officials announced the first known case of COVID-19 in Utah.

“I feel very concerned,” Adam Ansari said.

He isn’t concerned for himself, but for his wife who has a compromised immune system.

“When she was 16 years old, she got tuberculosis. Which she had to be treated for, for a whole year,” he said.

The couple has decided to prepare for self-isolation, in case it comes to that. They are also staying home more.

“My biggest fear is that I get the coronavirus and then I end up infecting my wife and then she ends up passing away and then I would kind of feel like it was my fault,” he said.

Related story: Coronavirus: Stores across Salt Lake Valley see empty shelves amid COVID-19 concerns

Seeing all the empty shelves at the stores is frustrating, Ansari said.

“It is definitely frustrating to go see all the images of people at Costco that have like 40 cases of water bottles and they are just completely stocked up,” he said.

The State of Utah has set up a special coronavirus task force along with a website with more information.

For the latest information from the CDC on the coronavirus, click here.