Two weeks ago, I left the US with a one-way ticket and a heavy heart. After sleepless nights and dozens of phone calls with my family, I decided to return home when Saudi Arabia announced it would close its borders due to the coronavirus outbreak.
Workers disinfect the ground around the Kaaba, the cubic building at the Grand Mosque, in the Muslim holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, Saturday, March 7, 2020. (AP)
Travelers wear face masks as they prepare to check in for a flight at Dulles International Airport in Dulles, Va., Tuesday, March 17, 2020. (AP)
Gift bags from the Saudi Arabia Ministry of Health. (Layan Damanhouri)
A picture taken on April 2, 2020 shows the deserted old town of Saudi Arabia's Red Sea coastal city of Jeddah. (AFP)