15 family members contract coronavirus after birthday celebration: ‘Do not be like my household’
A Texas household is utilizing their private expertise to warn others towards gathering for celebrations forward of Thanksgiving after 12 of them allegedly contracted coronavirus at a birthday dinner held earlier this month, ultimately spreading it to 3 others who didn’t go to the celebration.
Alexa Aragonez, who based on the Star-Telegram works for the town of Arlington’s division of communication and legislative affairs, stated she dropped off her 57-year-old mom at their relative’s home however did not attend the celebration herself. Aragonez, who was not one of many 15 recognized with COVID-19, stated the household figured that since everybody was feeling wholesome and conserving inside the COVID-19 social pointers, gathering to share a meal could be protected.
Days later, a number of of the members of the family started to really feel sick and bought examined for coronavirus. She advised the Star-Telegram that it is doable a few of the attendees who attributed some sinus signs to seasonal allergy symptoms possible unfold the virus to the others.
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Aragonez’s mom got here down with the sickness and needed to be hospitalized, however has since been launched. The household recorded a PSA that was shared by the town of Arlington on social media Friday.
“I went to my nephew’s home and cherished seeing my household, however now, I’m combating towards COVID-19,” Aragonez’s mom, Enriqueta, stated within the video, recorded from her hospital mattress.
“Now I’m within the hospital and might’t see my household,” she stated.
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The opposite family members who examined constructive, which included all who attended the celebration, mirrored on the diagnoses and famous the issues they can not do, resembling hug spouses and see buddies.
“All this ache that my household is feeling, this loneliness, this illness, this longing to really feel wholesome, might have been prevented,” Aragonez stated within the video. “Please don’t be like my household and ignore the [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention] pointers. By staying aside, we will combat this virus collectively. The remedy begins, and ends with you.”
She stated the household determined to share their story regardless of the backlash it could carry as a result of they did not suppose they weren’t partaking in dangerous conduct however ended up in a harmful well being scenario.
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“It’s scary to suppose what if my complete household would have had the extreme case and each single a type of 15 of us needed to go to the hospital,” she advised the Star-Telegram. “One, I might really feel responsible for taking assets from individuals that basically do want it, and two, I might be liable to dropping my complete household.”
Texas presently has a 10.59% testing positivity charge and has seen over 1.1 million instances of coronavirus, leading to greater than 21,000 deaths.