Scott Selman, his wife and their restaurant, Club Paris

Covid vac­cines and drugs are free. But for many im­muno­com­pro­mised pa­tients, pro­tec­tion comes at a cost

To tell the truth, Scott Sel­man didn’t mind the pan­dem­ic at the be­gin­ning. He was a soli­tary man who spent his week­ends on home con­struc­tion and gar­den­ing projects, and his week­days at the An­chor­age steak­house his fam­i­ly had owned for three gen­er­a­tions. Al­ways the kitchen and his back of­fice; he could nev­er back­slap and chitchat with the pa­trons like his broth­er, the face of the busi­ness.

He had plen­ty of ex­pe­ri­ence with even greater iso­la­tion. In 2011, Sel­man un­der­went a dou­ble-lung trans­plant af­ter a hered­i­tary dis­ease de­stroyed his own. The im­muno­sup­pres­sants he took to pre­vent re­jec­tion al­so meant he had to wear masks and avoid crowd­ed ar­eas.

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