‘Patient zero’ in Tennessee talks about fear, anxiety, hysteria and countless acts of kindness as the Biogen outbreak spreads
Chris Baumgartner updated his LinkedIn page in February to reflect his new job as vice president/East for Biogen, which followed a stint at Sage Therapeutics. Then, at the end of February, his new company held a strategy meeting at the Boston Marriott Long Wharf, and Baumgartner’s life was turned upside down — changed forever.
In a lengthy Facebook post that has drawn widespread attention, Baumgartner explains what it’s like to be Tennessee’s patient zero — the first person to test positive for Covid-19 in a state that now has 52 confirmed cases.
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