CHICAGO — Two Illinois coronavirus patients were released from the hospital Friday. But they will still be isolated from the public.
The husband and wife did not talk to the media and are requesting privacy after their illness has made headlines around the world.
The Chicago couple was the first case of person to person transmission of coronavirus in the United States.
The husband and wife, both in their 60s, left St. Alexius Medical Center in Hoffman Estates Friday and released a statement that said, “This has been the best health care experience we’ve ever had, but we’re definitely looking forward to getting home and getting life back to normal.”
But life will not be normal, at least not yet. They will be confined to their home and will be monitored by state and federal health officials.
The Department of Defense also announced any passengers coming into Chicago’s O’Hare from China who might be infected could be quarantined at the Great Lakes Naval Station.
Amid the worldwide outbreak, people remain quarantined on three cruise ships in Asia.
The new coronavirus has killed at least 638 people in China including a doctor who tried to blow the whistle on the disease last year but was threatened by the Chinese government.
But outrage is growing among the Chinese who are now raising questions about how the illness was officially handled early on.
It has sickened more than 30,000 people in that country.
By contrast, the United States only has 12 confirmed cases in Illinois, Wisconsin, Arizona, California, Washington state and Massachusetts.
No deaths have been reported at this time.
Also Friday, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the state department has sent nearly 18 tons of donated medical supplies to the Chinese.
President Donald Trump also said he’s willing to allocate up to $100 million to help fight the outbreak.
Meanwhile U.S residents are being evacuated from China on charter planes. They will be quarantined for two weeks. Tests are still pending to determine how many more U.S. citizens could have the virus.
The flu continues to be the main concern in the U.S. 68 children so far have died this flu season.