Janis Mackey Frayer of NBC Reunites With Her Son After 49 Days of Traveling to China and Self-Isolation
While some people can self-quarantine with family members, others like this NBC journalist was separated from her son for over a month. The two finally reunited this week.
COVID-19 still has much of the world in shutdown mode. For some countries, social distancing and isolation have just begun. For others, it's been affecting their lives for a while.
NBC News correspondent Janis Mackey Frayer is passionate about her job, opting to travel to the epicenter of the coronavirus earlier this year to cover the story for work.
Family separate due to COVID-19
Unfortunately, this led to Frayer having to self-quarantine for 14 days. This followed five-weeks of traveling to Japan, the UK, and Wuhan, China — where COVID-19 emerged from.
Overall, Frayer spent 49 days away from her husband and her young son. The family resides in Beijing. Eventually, the last day of her self-isolation came on March 31.
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When I arrived back to #Beijing after 5 weeks away, I had two signs on the door to greet me. Top: from the boy who melts our hearts. Below: from the quarantine authorities saying that I cannot set foot outside of the apartment for 14 days. I can order food and other supplies and one of the building staff will deliver and drop at the door. K & J had to move to a temporary place until my isolation ends March 31st. The cats are already bored of me. #coronavirus #china #family #workfromhome
Mom reunites with son
On April 1, Frayer reunited with her little boy, and it resulted in one of the most heartwarming videos this week. Frayer deemed the embrace she got from her boy as "the best hug ever."
The clip showed the young boy at a gate squealing and jumping up and down waiting for his mom. Frayer ran towards him, filming as she went until she stooped down and held her son.
The sweet moment garnered over eleven thousand likes on Twitter and over a thousand retweets. With everything going on, the heartwrenching event was a positive relief for many.
One week of quarantine down, one to go. For me, it’s coming full circle to be back in #China after 2 months of #coronavirus work in #Wuhan, #Japan & the UK. It’s not easy being apart then isolated from family, so what a lift to get a phone call to go to the window ❤️ @NBCNews pic.twitter.com/4uTLp01Ihh— Janis Mackey Frayer (@janisfrayer) March 24, 2020
Couple separated from newborn
Elsewhere, one couple who just had their baby were unable to see him due to coronavirus concerns. Parents Kim Flores and Juan Flores spoke to "Good Morning America" on Friday.
The new parents said their son was born prematurely on March 10. For the first two weeks, they held their son as normal. Then, the hospital imposed a strict no-visitors policy, leaving them unable to see him.
The Atlanta couple could only see their son, Nico, over FaceTime. Despite the difficulty, Juan said the staff were doing their best and was thankful that he could at least see his baby boy.
With work travel, restrictions and quarantine in #China, our family was apart for 49 days. And yes, every one of them was hard — the worry, the decisions, the failed plans, isolation. Our little guy has been brave and resilient... and this was easily the best. hug. ever. @NBCNews pic.twitter.com/UhxqYvFSl7— Janis Mackey Frayer (@janisfrayer) April 1, 2020
Grandfather can't see grandson
Over in Ireland, an older man who just became a grandfather couldn't hold his grandson because of the need for social distancing due to COVID-19.
Instead, the man had to watch the newborn through a glass window as his son, Michael Gallachoir, held him up. New mom Emma Gallachoir shared the post on Twitter, where it went viral.
Three generations of social distancing as my dad meets his grandson for the first time 😭😭😭 pic.twitter.com/uyHHgBBXxb— Emma (@emmabethgall) March 21, 2020
NBC staff member dies
Sadly, NBC staff has had their share of sad news as well during the outbreak. Last month, longtime employee Larry Edgeworth passed away after getting diagnosed with the coronavirus.
Edgeworth was 61 when he died. He worked in the equipment room at 30 Rockefeller Plaza was also traveled for his job. Several NBC workers paid tribute to him following the death.
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My heart breaks this morning at the loss of NBC audio technician Larry Edgeworth (pictured right) due to COVID19. I adored Larry. We traveled together for two straight months on a campaign in 2008 and he was always the most warm, most professional, most loving. All hours of the day and night, no matter how hungry or tired or stressed we were - he was always a joy. He loved his work and excelled at it. He loved his colleagues and boy did we love him. Larry, dear, I will miss you. My deepest condolences and prayers to his family.
The 61-year-old had pre-existing conditions that made him susceptible and vulnerable to the disease. Our condolences go out to his friends and family.
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