A 39-year-old father of five from Las Vegas has died from complications of COVID-19 after sending a text to his fiancee from the hospital saying, "I should have gotten the damn vaccine."
According to Jessica DuPreez, she and her fiance Michael Freedy, a Las Vegas casino worker, "wanted to wait just one year from the release (of the vaccine) to see what effects people had, but there was never any intention not to get it."
"That is a decision she said she will always regret," according to Las Vegas' Fox affiliate.
A tearful DuPreez told the station that during a recent vacation to San Diego, Freedy got a severe sunburn. After they got back, he went to the emergency room with nausea and chills, thinking he might have sun poisoning, but he tested positive for COVID.
Freedy was sent home and told to isolate. A few days later, he woke up in the middle of the night, unable to breathe or walk.
He was admitted to the hospital with double pneumonia, and later placed on a ventilator.
"I just kept telling him you're going to get through this, you've got to come home to us," DuPreez said of their last conversation. "I was like please keep fighting, don't give. He was like, I'm trying to fight, but they're going to intubate me and put me under."
Freedy also texted DuPreez saying, "I should have gotten the damn vaccine."
"He is only 39. Our babies now don't have a dad," DuPreez said of their children ages 17, 10, 7, 6 and 17 months. "You can't say I am young and it won't affect me because it will."
In an online fundraiser for the family, she added: "The love of my life, my rock, my everything. The father to my babies, is no longer with us. I don't know what to do."
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MSNBC's Joe Scarborough blasted House minority leader Kevin McCarthy as the "dumbest man in Washington" for joining the fight against mask mandates inside the U.S. Capitol.
Republican lawmakers have bristled at the reinstatement of mask orders at the Capitol, and the "Morning Joe" host called out McCarthy for attacking House Speaker Nancy Pelosi over the mandate instead of encouraging vaccine-hesitant GOP officials to get their shots and take other precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
"Do we really want to listen to this?" Scarborough said. "Do we seriously, like, the dumbest man in Washington. I don't know if he is [that dumb] or not. I don't know if he just plays dumb on TV or he's actually dumb, but the question is, how many of those House Republicans are vaccinated? How many members of the House are vaccinated? I know most of the Democrats are. We have been hearing that there are Republicans who are still not vaccinated."
"How many of those House Republicans that you saw right there are flying back to districts that are still hot with infections, that are still dangerous with infections, because the infections are growing in their parts of the country?" he added. "Chances are pretty good if they're at a press conference like that, chances are really good just looking at that map, that they're all from red-hot districts, or most of them are from red-hot districts, and finally you just got to ask -- why aren't they following the example of [ALabama] Gov. Kay Ivey? Why aren't they following the example of Mitch McConnell, who's actually spending campaign money to get the message out in his district? Mitch McConnell has been wearing a mask ahead of all the other Republicans, taking this seriously. So this isn't -- like Joe Biden said, this isn't a Republican and Democratic thing. This is an issue of life and death."
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Appearing on CNN's "New Day" on Friday, morning the owner of a New York City art gallery was put on the post by host John Berman for one of his tweets furiously opposing the possibility of new mask mandates to stop the spread of the New COVID-19 variant.
Eli Klein, owner of a gallery bearing his name, tweeted: "A mask mandate is a slowdown for all indoor entertainment venues, stadiums, gyms, theaters, concert halls, clubs, malls, stores, OFFICES, etc. People don't want to do these things if they have to cover their face. Wearing a mask removes joy, normality & comfort from activities," before later adding, "A mask mandate would diminish tourism & beat up those already crushed by Covid restrictions. It would cause people to be more irrationally afraid & hesitant to engage in aspects of life. Wearing a mask ~indefinitely is dehumanizing & can impede communication IT'S NOT JUST A MASK."
A mask mandate would diminish tourism & beat up those already crushed by Covid restrictions. It would cause people… https://t.co/hENnW771sT— Eli Klein (@Eli Klein) 1627482100.0
During his appearance on CNN, host Berman pressed him on whether masks works and why he doesn't see the risk of not wearing one.
"I want to know because you've been listening, here for the beginning of the show, you heard the news about the delta variant, how much more contagious it could be and the fact it could make people even sicker. does that have any impact on your view?" host Berman asked.
"No," Klein replied. "Obviously it's catastrophic news and it's something we should all take very seriously. We've been taking COVID very seriously since the beginning. and it doesn't impact my view with respect to reimplementing restrictions."
"The fact of the matter is that these vaccines are widely available, they're extraordinarily effective," he continued. "And you know, it's a matter of obviously there's issues with personal risk tolerance and whatnot, but it doesn't change the fact that reimplementing mask mandates in New York City would stunt our recovery, would diminish tourism and many aspects of life. It would crush businesses that have already been crushed."
"Okay so you don't like the idea of mask mandates," Berman continued. "What about vaccine mandates? "
"Vaccine mandates is a different question," the gallery owner stated. "I think the main problem that I have in New York City, for example, is the discriminatory aspect of it to be honest. What happened in New York is we really -- these lockdowns pushed the burden to essential workers and to minorities who are ---"
"But the vaccine is available to everybody," the CNN host interrupted.
"But they were infected disproportionately -- vaccine-hesitant disproportionately -- over 60% of Blacks in New York City aren't vaccinated, but they have higher level of natural immunity, of infection conferred immunity that isn't considered vaccinated by the CDC when the data is clear it should be," Klein attempted.
"Why not hang a sign on your gallery that says you can come in here unmasked if you're vaccinated or if you test negative for covid?" Berman pressed.
"Well, I mean, I think people know the rules," Klein replied.
'Would you be okay with the situation where you can come in unmasked, you don't have to wear a mask if you're unvaccinated?" Berman asked.
"There's no government guidelines right that are forcing me to do that, so --," Klein began only to have Berman interrupt him again with, "But you could."
"I could do anything," the gallery owner conceded. "We could always do things to be more safer."
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