Boomer Esiason on Thursday slammed the “moron” who ignored his quarantine in New Hampshire and ventured to a party that could have endangered people like the former Jet’s son, Gunnar, who has cystic fibrosis.
“Luckily, Gunnar stayed home that night and did not go to the party,” an irate Esiason told his co-host Gregg Giannotti on WFAN’s “Boomer and Gio” while citing a story on the front page of The Post.
Gunnar Esiason, 28, a graduate student at Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business in Hanover, New Hampshire, suffers from CF, a hereditary disease that affects the lungs and digestive system, making him more susceptible to the coronavirus.
The dimwitted party-goer was a Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center staffer who showed symptoms of the virus after returning from a trip to Italy.
He was told to stay home while awaiting test results — which came back positive Monday, but ignored the instructions and went to a party organized Friday by Gunnar’s school over the border in Vermont attended by about 175 people.
“There’s a band playing, people dancing and interacting with each other. The guy that decided to show up at the party showed up with symptoms to his doctor that mimic the coronavirus symptoms,” a fuming Esiason said.
“The doctor said, look, you need to isolate and not come out for two weeks,” he railed. “So this moron decides, you know what? Screw it, I’m going to this invitation-only party.”
“Gunnar did not go to the party, thankfully,” Esiason said, but he added that his son went to class Monday.
“People that were at that party were in that classroom with him. He potentially could have been exposed,” Esiason said.
After consulting with Gunnar’s doctors in the Big Apple and in New Hampshire, Esiason learned that “the potential for him to get something under those circumstances … are very, very slim. Thankfully for that.”
The former NFL quarterback, who also played for the Cincinnati Bengals and Arizona Cardinals, noted that his son “is livid by this whole thing because this moron didn’t self-isolate and he should’ve – and he put everybody else at risk.
Gunnar described the incident in a series of entries in his blog.
“Given the nature of my cystic fibrosis, it should go without saying… I am little on edge,” he wrote, explaining that he didn’t attend the party only because his fiancee was out of town.
“Students who went to the mixer received an email instructing them to self-monitor for signs of illness, but were considered low risk by state health officials,” he wrote.
“At that point, the administration reached out to me personally, offering their support and an excused absence from the rest of the week’s classes. Even though I was not at the party, I took them up on the offer and separated myself from the community.”
On Thursday, Gunnar wrote that Tuck canceled all classes because “a community member started showing flu-like symptoms.”
“The state is working to get a test done. Our fingers are crossed that it’s not COVID19,” he wrote. A school spokeswoman confirmed the closure.
“As a person living with an underlying respiratory condition (as the news likes to call it), I am hyperaware of the implications that a COVID19 infection may have on me. For COVID19 to hit so close to home, and for it to come into my life like this, it has me in state of disbelief to say the least,” he said.
“If this blog finds its way to the patient who broke containment and is dealing with COVID19 – Hanover is a small town – I truly hope you get better soon. I hope you know you made a bad choice and are ready to learn from it.”