Mrs. Hopland gets another positive reading for coronavirus

John Thompson • Feb 20, 2020 at 11:45 PM

Elizabethton’s Jeanie Hopland will remain in coronavirus quarantine after getting a positive result on her latest throat swab.

She is sharing a room in a Tokyo hospital with three other women. Her husband, Dr. Arnold Hopland, said the positive result a good thing, because she might have been released from the hospital with no place to go if she had two negative results in a row.

“I am not worried about the coronavirus in the way it acts right now,” he said. “Sure, it is highly contagious, but it is not virulent. We are both healthy.”

The virus has been officially named COVID-19.

What he is worried about is that if Jeanie was forced to leave the hospital, she would not be allowed back on the Diamond Princess, the ship where he is quarantined. He is not allowed to leave.

The quarantine rules prevent them from getting together in a land unfamiliar to them. Hopland’s suggestion to his wife was that if she does have to leave the hospital and he is still quarantined, she should go to the American embassy and stay there until she is helped.

Hopland has strongly criticized the American Centers for Disease Control for supporting a quarantine system that he says not only does not work, but actually serves as an incubator and transporter for the virus.

“I spoke out early on that the quarantine wouldn’t work,” Hopland said, noting that while the passengers were being confined to their cabins, the ship’s crew went about their work through the entire ship. Hopland’s suspicions were confirmed when the steward serving his cabin tested positive for the virus. Several other new infections were also reported in the corridor where the Hopland’s cabin was located.

Soon, the ship had the densest concentration of coronavirus infection outside of China.

The doctor has also spoke out against Japan’s quarantine efforts.

He was relieved that a plan was not followed to take all the passengers off the ship and put them on commercial airliners to the countries of their origin. He said that would not only have infected all the other people flying on the plane, but it would broadcast the virus all over the world.

He also strongly criticized a Japanese decision to allow Japanese citizens to return to their homes. “I predict that will lead to an epidemic in Japan.” He said he knows how contagious the virus is because one infected man spread the virus to 600 people aboard the ship.

“There is one thing that the Japanese have going for them that may prevent an epidemic. The Japanese are a meticulously clean people. That could stop the spread,” Hopland said.

Meanwhile, Hopland continues to offer insight and criticism to health care professionals and government officials. He said he found no one at the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo who would even return his phone calls.

He suspects the Centers for Disease Control are trying to defend the quarantine. He said he is thankful for the support he has received from U.S. Rep. Phil Roe and from the Department of Health and Human Services.

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