Leo and Diane Masztak’s photo of their kiss says it all — no masks, no problem.

Having been reunited after two weeks of separate quarantine, due to Leo’s coronavirus case, the Aurora couple dropped their virus masks and shared a kiss over a meal in Japan shortly after Leo kicked the virus. Diane never caught coronavirus, despite spending time with Leo while he may have been infected.

They were among the passengers on a Princess cruise ship that docked in Yokohama, Japan with people who had confirmed cases of coronavirus on board. Leo’s case resulted in a lengthy quarantine, first on the ship, then with treatment at a hospital in Japan.

But all that’s behind the couple now, said Diane.

"We’ve been home two days, and just are staying home this week and maybe next until this blows over," she early last week.

Really, though, Diane said she wishes people would accept without fear that she and Leo are virus-free and can participate in life as much as anyone.

"Because everybody’s giving people such a big scare about this, people don’t want to talk to us even though we have letters from doctors and the Centers of Disease Control that we’re virus-free," she said, adding they had to get negative results before getting on a plane ride back from Japan.

Leo, 82, said the virus wasn’t terribly difficult.

"I never had any symptoms," he said. "When I did go, they told me I had pneumonia, and then two days later they told me I had coronavirus."

Diane said Leo experiences bouts with pneumonia somewhat regularly.

"The cough he gets on a regular basis with COPD. He really didn’t feel much worse than he does when he gets pneumonia, which he gets three or four times a year. Both of us just want people to lighten up and live their life."

Diane said their cruise started around Jan. 20.

"We had a wonderful time and pulled into port with some people on the ship having the virus," she said. That was Feb. 3.

Leo said the cruise, which included North Vietnam, Okinawa, Taipei, Samoa and other places, was completed by the time the ship docked.

"We were almost ready to leave and go home, but they shut us down and we stayed in the cabin," he said.

Diane said the on-board quarantine began during what was supposed to be their last dinner on board.

"The last day of your cruise, you pack up all your luggage except what you’re wearing the next day and leave your luggage in the hallway," she said. "Usually, while you’re at dinner, your luggage disappears from the hallways. When we came back from dinner and a show, it was all in our room."

At that point, officials required passengers to remain in their cabins on board the ship, she explained. With room service and a variety of activities, things weren’t too bad. Plus, she was still with Leo at that point.

"You just eat and put your tray outside," she said. "They had like 1,200 movies you could choose from to watch."

They also had arts and crafts activities (the supplies were delivered to the door), exercise programs and more, said Diane.

"They had lots of things going on to keep busy," she said.

However, Leo was eventually tested, and she learned of the results on Valentine’s Day.

"My present was someone coming to our door to say, ‘Your husband is positive,’" she said.

Leo went on to receive treatment and quarantine at a hospital in Fukushima, Japan. Meanwhile, Diane stayed on board until the ship needed to be cleaned up and put back into service. At that point, she was transferred to a quarantine center in Wako, Japan while other apparently healthy passengers who didn’t room with an infected passenger prepared for the flight home.

"It was a bummer," she said. "I was given a single dorm room, some sheets, a blanket and a pillow. I was all alone in this room. You had to wear a mask anytime you opened the door or went out on the balcony."

Both said the TV viewing options were not as rich as on board the ship, primarily because they were all in Japanese.

Meanwhile, she said Leo remained in the Fukushima hospital receiving treatment for pneumonia, including breathing treatments and electrolytes.

Leo said he was more concerned about the pneumonia than the virus.

"I was fine really. I was bored," he said. "That’s about the only bad thing."

During the quarantine, a liaison from the hospital told Diane Leo was doing well. Since they both had phones with them, the couple was able to talk during the quarantine period, which they said helped a great deal.

Finally, the couple finished their quarantine time, which reset to 14 days beginning Feb. 14 when Leo was diagnosed, and they got to go home.

She said the key for her was trying to remain positive throughout the ordeal. She said she credits her regular doses of echinacea and vitamin C with helping her fight off the virus.

"If I wanted to think negatively, that’s almost like wishing it on him," she said.

Reporter Bob Gaetjens can be reached at 330-541-9440, bgaetjens@recordpub.com or @bobgaetjens_rpc.