The 80-year-old African-American man on a ventilator with coronavirus I told you about last week is still alive. He’s had a rough time of it, though, with a secondary bacterial infection. And I’d give him about a 50 percent chance of weaning off the machine.

His daughter is beside herself with guilt for having brought the virus back from Italy. It’s hard to reassure her over the phone. Relatives are now forbidden to visit. She shouldn’t blame herself, but she does. I almost added “of course.”