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Diamond Princess couple reunited after separate coronavirus quarantines say symptoms weren’t so bad

An elderly couple from Georgia that was quarantined separately after their trip on board the Diamond Princess has been reunited after the longest time they’ve ever spent apart from one another.

Dale and Sherry Grizzle were parted for nearly three weeks due to the coronavirus outbreak on the cruise ship in Japan and they’ve said the distance between them was the worst part about being stricken with the illness.

A total of 350 passengers tested positive for coronavirus after a passenger who left the cruise in Hong Kong was found to be infected.

Dale and Sherry Grizzle were parted for nearly three weeks due to the coronavirus outbreak on the cruise ship in Japan last month

Dale, 69, was treated in Japan and said he was treated really well while he had COVID-19. 'I ran a fever for about two and a half weeks that I couldn't seem to get rid of, and I developed some pneumonia, a milder case of pneumonia, but pneumonia nonetheless, and it was stubborn, but thankfully it didn't turn into a real bad case so I was able to overcome it'

Dale, 69, was treated in Japan and said he was treated really well while he had COVID-19. ‘I ran a fever for about two and a half weeks that I couldn’t seem to get rid of, and I developed some pneumonia, a milder case of pneumonia, but pneumonia nonetheless, and it was stubborn, but thankfully it didn’t turn into a real bad case so I was able to overcome it’

The decision to quarantine 3,700 passengers and crew on board the Diamond Princess in Japan was heavily criticized after more than 700 people eventually tested positive for the virus

The decision to quarantine 3,700 passengers and crew on board the Diamond Princess in Japan was heavily criticized after more than 700 people eventually tested positive for the virus

The vessel docked at Yokohama near Tokyo and Dale had to stay there while Sherry was isolated in Washington after 300 Americans were brought back to the US before the initial quarantine onboard was complete.

‘We’ve never been apart like this before, and it was pretty stressful. That may have been the worst part of the whole deal,’ Dale Grizzle, 69, told Fox & Friends Weekend on Sunday.

The pair had mild cases of COVID-19 and Sherry only wondered if she had contracted the virus because her spouse was already a confirmed case.

Sherry said her symptoms initially resembled a common cold.

‘When I first started having symptoms, it was just a mild sore throat and a headache and that lasted for several days. … I didn’t think anything of it, but Dale had already been diagnosed so I began to wonder if maybe I had the virus also,’ Sherry added on the show Sunday.

They're pictured left wearing protective face masks. 'We've never been apart like this before, and it was pretty stressful. That may have been the worst part of the whole deal,' Dale Grizzle Fox & Friends Weekend on Sunday

They're pictured on their travels

‘We’ve never been apart like this before, and it was pretty stressful. That may have been the worst part of the whole deal,’ Dale Grizzle Fox & Friends Weekend on Sunday. They’re pictured left wearing protective face masks and right on their travels

But her husband’s symptoms were worse.

Dale added: ‘I ran a fever for about two and a half weeks that I couldn’t seem to get rid of, and I developed some pneumonia, a milder case of pneumonia, but pneumonia nonetheless, and it was stubborn, but thankfully it didn’t turn into a real bad case so I was able to overcome it.’

Now looking a picture of health, Dale has praised the treatment he received and said he was ‘very well-cared for’.

‘I couldn’t have asked for any better care. The team of doctors and nurses that took care of me were absolutely awesome, and I can never thank them enough for the care that I received,’ he said.

Sherry said her symptoms initially resembled a common cold

Sherry (left) said: 'When I first started having symptoms, it was just a mild sore throat and a headache and that lasted for several days'

Sherry said her symptoms initially resembled a common cold. Sherry said: ‘When I first started having symptoms, it was just a mild sore throat and a headache and that lasted for several days’

Princess Cruises has already seen two of its vessels hit by the virus and quarantined: the Diamond Princess, which docked in Japan, and the Grand Princess, which docked in California.

The decision to quarantine 3,700 passengers and crew on board the Diamond Princess in Japan was heavily criticized after more than 700 people eventually tested positive for the virus.

‘The Japanese experience was a sad lesson that keeping people aboard such a ship just spreads the infection through a large number of people, and the boat becomes, basically, an incubator for spread of the disease,’ Brian Cox, a New Zealand public health specialist, Brian Cox from the University of Otago, opined to the Associated Press.

Removing passengers from the ship and placing them in self-isolation for two weeks was the safest option, he added, and it would be ‘inhumane to just turn it around and send it back’.

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