A coronavirus story: How and why this tiny microbe makes you sick

How and why this tiny microbe makes you sick: A coronavirus story of one married couple

CINCINNATI – Doug Hicks used to say he didn’t get sick. Cold bugs. Flu season. None of it fazed him. His kids might get sick. His wife might get sick. Not him.

Until last month, the 33-year-old autoworker from St. Bernard, Ohio, had a hard time remembering the last time he’d caught anything but a pass in the football league he plays in.

Then he met the novel coronavirus.

“I wasn’t prepared for this,” Hicks says.

Few people are. The virus is a terrifyingly efficient marvel of evolution, built to spread easily from person to person, then settle in for a long stay.

Sometimes, the host barely knows it’s there, allowing the virus to more easily travel and meet new hosts. Sometimes, the host can’t get out of bed for days or weeks. On rare occasions, the host dies from all the damage the virus has done.