SUFFOLK, Va. - Living in isolation with COVID-19 has been tough for thousands of American families.
News 3 sat down with one couple from Suffolk who explained what it was like and how they dealt with the impacts as a family.
Kadena Kulnis said she first got a headache that wouldn’t go away then the symptoms got worse.
She said she had body aches, a sore throat and couldn’t taste or smell.
Her fiancé, Ronald Morgan, said it was extremely scary and was worried at certain points that she needed to go to the hospital.
Morgan said he had to cook, clean and help the kids with school.
He said it gave him a new appreciation for what his fiancée does on a daily basis.
Morgan said he also tested positive for COVID-19 but was asymptomatic.
They worked hard keeping Kulnis in isolation and away from the kids because they were fearful the kids would get the virus.
Morgan said he was constantly wearing a mask and said the whole house smelled like bleach as he was constantly cleaning.
Their 2-year-old daughter wanted to see her mom, and they said it was really hard keeping her away.
Morgan said a few times, he would bring his fiancée meals through their bedroom window on the first floor.
Kulnis said the worst part was waking up and thinking she felt better only to get up and realize her body still wasn’t working properly.
She said she would get overwhelmed with fatigue.
The couple said they would watch movies and play games in different rooms of the house while she was in isolation.
Morgan said his older daughter really stepped up to help.
“My 12-year-old did so much in that time, and it was amazing. It was amazing, her and I working together,” said Morgan.
The couple said it was difficult dealing with COVID-19, but they both say that it brought them closer together.
“That was rough, but it definitely showed me that no matter what happens, we definitely be there for each other,” said Kulnis.
They said they got help from loved ones and even turned to strangers in online support groups.
“There are so many people that helped us through it,” said Morgan. “When you have love, you do what you have to do for your family.”