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Our Daughter Tested Positive For Coronavirus: We Cheered Her With 'Room Service' Food

The quarantined are lonely — none of us could comfort her in person when she was locked down in her room. But we were determined to make it less frightening. That meant turning to food.
Her first coronavirus quarantine breakfast. Source: Pallavi Gogoi

Two days after President Trump instituted a ban on travelers from Europe, our daughter Rhea was on a flight home from Madrid.

Her college study abroad program had come to an abrupt end. At the airport, she was surprised and annoyed I wouldn't give her the usual tight hug and kiss. I was awkwardly practicing social distancing with my firstborn.

And when we pulled up to our porch, my husband was waiting with a mask and gloves, hand sanitizer, and a disinfecting spray for her luggage. She started laughing incredulously: "Wait, what?"

Two days later, though, no oneI thawed a Cornish hen and made my children's favorite soup from scratch. Worry etched our minds as her temperature reached 100 degrees. We knew it was the start of a strict 14-day quarantine.

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