Richard Garay, a Californian resident, admits that he and his 27 other family members had tested COVID positive, including his father who caught the infection just before Father’s Day.
Garay confirmed on a TV station based in Los-Angeles named KTLA, that in his family, he was the one who initially caught the virus and developed symptoms last month.
By giving insights into his symptoms, he said, “It went from running nose to headache to full-blown fever.”
Shortly later, his father, Vidal Garay, age 60, also came in contact with the infection and his health condition deteriorated quickly. Garay expressed his grievance and said, “It was painful to watch my dad’s health declined so drastically in front of me.”
He spoke his last words to his father, which says, “Dad, I don’t think I’m going to make it.”
But Garay gradually revived from his ill condition, but his father was not so fortunate enough to make it. Vidal Garay died on June 20 just a day prior to Father’s Day.
According to the CBS News Los Angeles, Garay and his family are still not very sure how so many members of their family contracted the virus, But Garay believes that the possibilities of contracting the infection might have come from a relative who visited the during mid-May or it might have been the caretaker of his mother.
Along with Garay, most of his relatives who caught the infection, including—his pregnant sister-in-law and Garay’s own children have recovered from the deadly infection.
However, Garay took a strong initiative to share this family’s infectious incident for people to see it as a precautionary story and take every necessary precaution to protect themselves as well as their family.
Garay said, “I don’t want my father’s death to be in vain.” He warned the people by saying, “I want people to understand coronavirus is a real thing.”