Da Ee had a spiritual experience in Malaysia in late February when he attended the Tablighi Jamaat congregation at a mosque in Kuala Lumpur. The four-day religious meeting of the Islamic missionary movement was in an affable setting, leaving Da Ee little time to think about the recent viral outbreak.
“I knew about the novel coronavirus, but I thought it was in Wuhan. It was in China,” Da Ee said, who requested his name changed for this story.
After returning from Malaysia in early March, the Cambodian Muslim man went back to living his life. But, two weeks later, health officials came knocking at his door wanting to test him for the respiratory disease.