Coronavirus Crisis Update: A Covid-19 Survivor’s Tale

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In this episode, on the day when the number who have died from Covid-19 in America reached 100,000, we speak with special guests Eustace and Carol Theodore, both longtime friends of Steve. After vacationing in England in the first half of March, as the virus was swiftly and invisibly spreading throughout the UK, they returned to Vermont, just prior to President Trump imposing flight bans on Europe, the UK and Ireland. They describe Eustace’s accumulating symptoms, and the uncertain, extended process by which they finally came to discover he had indeed been infected with Covid-19 while abroad. In an extreme condition, Eustace is intubated and placed on a ventilator. How and why did he survive? How has recovery advanced? And what are the larger meanings of their profound, shared experiences?

Eustace Theodore has had a long career in education, as a sociologist, residential Dean, and faculty member at Yale College, Executive Director of the Association of Yale Alumni, and President of the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE). Carol Theodore has had a distinguished career as a corporate lawyer.