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It has been nearly 10 months since Neil Bennett of Iowa City became Iowa's first person hospitalized for the coronavirus, and the 74-year-old is still dealing with the impact.

Bennett was admitted to a hospital in early March. Though he long ago returned home, Bennett still uses a cane and walker and undergoes physical therapy and pulmonary rehabilitation to build up strength in his body and lungs.

Bennett said he sometimes becomes impatient with his progress and craves a sense of normalcy — even if it’s just getting up on a ladder and changing a light bulb.

He also hasn't escaped the psychological impact.

“Sometimes I start to reflect back to the beginning, and it’s easy to get emotional and think ‘I almost died,’” Bennett said.

Bennett, his wife and their daughter and more than a dozen others became infected after traveling to Egypt in February. Their cases were among the first reported in Iowa.

He was admitted in early March to the intensive care unit at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics and was soon placed on a ventilator, which was required for several weeks. Bennett spent about five months in health care facilities before he was finally allowed to go home in August.

He urges people to wear a mask, maintain social distancing and wash their hands frequently.