March 18, 2020 at 7:00 a.m. EDT
That’s the deal he and his housemates made as Washington, along with much of the nation, girds itself for the coronavirus: If one of them gets covid-19, the illness caused by the virus, Seitz’s room is where the sick will go: sealed into the navy-and-white room without hesitation, with only a mounted stag for company. It’s like “The Cask of Amontillado,” but with Netflix.
“It’s a necessary sacrifice for the greater good,” says Seitz. Late last week, even though his housemates were in good health, he packed a bag of about 10 days’ worth of clothing to stash in the spare room so he could be ready to move there at a moment’s notice.