A New York man is stranded in a remote Egyptian quarantine hospital with coronavirus — without regular meals, soap, towels or toilet paper.
Matt Swider, a 35-year-old editor at Tech Radar, said he was traveling on a Nile cruise when he was confirmed to have the virus Saturday — after other passengers on the ship, the Asara, tested positive when they returned home.
“I was in shock,” he told the Associated Press. “I was just wracking my brain thinking how could I have gotten this?”
He was then shepherded onto a military jet with dozens of other sick passengers to head to an isolation unit in Marsa Matrouh.
Swider, who takes immunosuppressing medication for arthritis that puts him at higher risk, said he fears what is to come.
“You don’t know what kind of sentence you’re in for,” Swider said. “That’s how it feels to have this virus.”
He said he’s hooked up to a vitamin IV in the hospital, where he doesn’t receive his first meal of the day until 4:30 p.m.
Since most of the staff don’t speak English, his requests for toilet paper went unanswered for days. He’s also been unable to get soap or towels, he said.
Swider said he finds himself turning to Twitter when he can to help “fight back boredom and uncertainty.” Supporters on the site have been using the hashtag #SendMattSwiderHome to urge the US Embassy in Cairo to intervene.
Reached for comment Thursday on his work email, his automated response said that he was “out of office for the foreseeable future.”
“I will occasionally tweet updates if I’m able to access the web again,” he wrote.
With Post wires
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