Doctor Treating COVID-19 Patients Moves Into Tent in Garage to Protect His Family

April 3, 2020 Updated: April 21, 2020

A California-based healthcare worker fighting on the CCP virus front lines volunteered to become homeless in order to protect his family.

For Dr. Timmy Cheng, a specialist in pulmonary and critical care, the choice to avoid exposing his wife, young child, and parents to COVID-19 was bleak: sleep at the hospital or in his car.

Dr. Cheng, who has treated several ICU patients infected with the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus, commonly known as the novel coronavirus, decided to go homeless on March 14, 2020.

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“I voluntarily became homeless to protect my family should I become infected and bring the virus home,” Dr. Cheng wrote on Facebook. “I spent 1 night in my car, then 4 nights in the hospital call room.”

That was until his wife came up with a creative solution to the problem of contagion by having him sleep in a camping tent in the family’s garage. With a lamp for light, a twin mattress, his laptop, and takeaway food, Cheng manages to get better sleep in the tent than his original self-isolation options.

Sharing the picture of his “home for the next __???__ weeks or months,” Dr. Cheng reminded social media users to stay home.

He wrote, “You can help me and other healthcare workers become un-homeless by STAYING HOME. JUST DO IT.”

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Dr. Cheng’s isolation tent struck a chord with social media users, as pictures of his humble abode have been shared almost 40,000 times with thousands of concerned social media users expressing their gratitude.

“Dr. Cheng, you are an amazing man,” wrote one Facebook user. “Thank you for your dedication of being a great doctor. May you stay strong and healthy during this time. Praying for you and your wonderful family.”

Another commented, “Thank you for your dedication and for social distancing from your family to keep them safe. Good call.”

“Thank you for all you are doing and the sacrifices you are making! GOD BLESS!” wrote another.

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For already exhausted healthcare professionals who are regularly exposed to the CCP virus in the course of their work, an additional stress comes with finding ways to avoid infecting their loved ones. Not only do they have to work grueling shifts, but they also have to find a place to sleep where they don’t infect partners and children.

During the time of crisis when the medical community is gracefully accepting this “psychological burden” as a necessity and is making selfless sacrifices in its service to mankind, many healthcare workers like Dr. Cheng are reminding the general public to follow the social distancing guidelines strictly.

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“Nobody is too cool to stay home,” Dr. Cheng wrote. “Nobody is too healthy to get sick. STAY HOME and help stop the spread of this virus.”

“Countless doctors, nurses, and other health care workers are working hard to save YOUR LIFE. The least you could do is stay home so that we, too, can go home to our loved ones one day,” he concluded.