Daniels is a 27-year-old drifter. Born in Russia, he immigrated to Phoenix with his parents as a boy. He drifted back to Russia a decade ago, where he caught TB — maybe in a jail cell serving time for marijuana possession; he's not sure.
"You could catch it anywhere. I just had a low immune system because I was, you know, partying a lot. I was young — too much beer, vodka, women, smoking," Daniels said.
After he got out of prison, he got sick.
In January of last year, his health worsening, he went back to Phoenix on an airplane.
He worked low-paying construction jobs and slept in his second-hand car. By mid-February his symptoms had worsened.
He went to an emergency room. Doctors found extensive lung damage and diagnosed drug-resistant TB. They put him in a residence for homeless TB patients.
Nurses watched him take his morning pills. They lectured him not to skip evening doses, taught him how to give himself intravenous medicine, and warned him to put on a face mask when he was in confined public spaces, like a store or bus.
Daniels admitted that he didn't.
But when public health workers asked him whether he wore a mask, he lied: "I already said that I was sorry. But that's not enough."
Daniels also didn't take a high-powered antibiotic when he was supposed to, leading to his becoming "extensively" drug resistant.
There's no telling when, or if, treatment will make him non-contagious.
Until that happens, he'll remain locked up.