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Coronavirus pandemic is not a “scamdemic.”

This is the gist of the story of a gay man from Texas named Tony Green who took to Dallas Voice to tell his share of devastating coronavirus pandemic experience. Take a look at his story below which he calls “a harsh lesson in the reality of COVID-19.”

Green, 43, says he is a gay conservative; he voted for Donald Trump in 2016. He admitted he traveled “deep into the conspiracy trap over COVID-19” and that he participated in “all the defiant behavior of Trump’s more radical and rowdy cult followers.” 

Green described himself as “a hard-ass that stood up for my ‘God-given rights.'”

“I believed the virus to be a hoax.” He added, “I believed the mainstream media and the Democrats were using it to create panic, crash the economy and destroy Trump’s chances at re-election.”

It is with this kind of belief that Green and his partner hosted a party for family members at their house on Saturday, June 13 only to wake up sick the next day. None of them wore a mask at the gathering and so, by Monday, June 15, his partner and his parents had also fallen ill.

Unfortunately, Green’s in-laws—along with his father-in-law’s mother and one of his partner’s sisters—arrived that same day for the birth of their first grandchild. Come nighttime, his father-in-law’s already sick while his mother-in-law and sister-in-law had begun feeling sick. Two days later, it was his father-in-law’s mother and then the new parents. 

Further, Green related that he and his father-in-law were hospitalized on June 24 while the latter’s mother was admitted the next day.

In the end, a total of 14 family members tested positive for COVID-19. “Only the newborn was spared,” Green said. 

He added that his father-in-law’s mother passed away of COVID-19/pneumonia on July 1 while his father-in-law himself has contracted pneumonia and is now currently on life support. The remaining twelve family members on the other hand, have “either recovered or are in various stages of recovery,” as of July 28. 

Green wrote on his op-ed article with Dallas Voice:

You cannot imagine the guilt I feel, knowing that I hosted the gathering that led to so much suffering. You cannot imagine my guilt at having been a denier, carelessly shuffling through this pandemic, making fun of those wearing masks and social distancing. You cannot imagine my guilt at knowing that my actions convinced both our families it was safe when it wasn’t.

For those who deny the virus exists or who downplay its severity, let me assure you: The coronavirus is very real and extremely contagious. Before you even know you have it, you’ve passed it along to your friends, family, coworkers and neighbors.

And now, husbands, wives and children are being separated. The sick are taking care of the sick while those without symptoms are self-quarantining. I am aware of how my bias could discredit me with some, but trust me, you do not want this virus. And you do not want your loved ones suffering and dying from this because you are taking a “political stand” or protecting the economy over their lives.

Green ended his op-ed by reminding fellow Americans:

America, this is not going to go away without sacrifice. Either way, we are going to pay a price. Governments are faced with making difficult decisions, and they cannot appease and satisfy everyone.

But to do nothing is to be foolish. To ignore or question the validity of this virus, its contagiousness or the consequences of selfish attitudes is — at this stage — completely stupid.

I am calling myself out first, but now this is personal, and I fell on my sword. And I promise you, if we continue being more worried about the disruption to our lives than we are about stopping this virus, not one American will be spared.

Not one.

Read his op-ed in full here. To know more about Tony Green’s story, read here and here.

As of this writing, the United States already has a total of 4,535,577 confirmed coronavirus cases and 153,100 total deaths attributed to COVID-19. 

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