Heartbreaking news has come in today of a couple who, after being married for fifty-one-years, passed away within a mere 6 minutes of each other as a result of the devastating medical pandemic sweeping the globe.
Keep scrolling to read more about the inseparable couple, and to hear the poignant message their grieving family has for anyone not taking the virus seriously...
Our hospitals are busier than ever before.On top of the usual influx of patients, healthcare workers are now dealing with an incredibly serious medical pandemic, and are working around the clock to save as many lives as possible.
Many people across the world are being urged to stay indoors.
via: GettyIn a last-ditch effort to slow down the spread of the deadly virus, countries and major cities all over the world have gone into full lockdown.
The virus has been spreading at an alarming rate...Over a million people have now been infected with the virus and a further 70,320 people have tragically died.
Self-isolation has now been deemed as the most effective way of combating the virus.While medical researchers work tirelessly to find a vaccine, regular people have been urged to avoid any form of social interaction and contact as best they can.
But it is spread notoriously easily...Person-to-person contact is thought to be the main method of transmission for the virus, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - Through sneezing and coughing, primarily.
So remaining isolated is the safest option for many...And millions are now quarantining themselves at home for months at a time.
But it has been to little avail...
via: GettyBecause it seems that not everyone is seeing things in the big picture.
Despite major lockdown sanctions been implemented all over the world...
via: Getty ImagesMany people have been continuing to go about their day-to-day lives as though nothing has changed.
The scenes have been shocking.
Are people ignoring social distancing advice? Britons have been spotted enjoying the warm weather over the weekend… https://t.co/ybAWn3youa— Sky News (@Sky News)1586028600.0
And, here in the States, we haven't been faring much better.
"If I get corona, I get corona" US students on Spring Break continue to party, despite warnings about coronavirus… https://t.co/PRua7c3SlC— BBC News (World) (@BBC News (World))1584723186.0
This type of careless and selfish attitude is endangering the lives of others.
Chad isn’t afraid of the CoronaVirus. Spring break happens once a year bro. https://t.co/71WKdhhdG2— Barstool Sports (@Barstool Sports)1584547433.0
Since then, the death toll has been rapidly rising...
via: GettyAnd it is showing no signs of slowing down anytime soon.
As it stands here in the States, over 300,000 people have been infected with the virus.
via: GettyAnd a further 9,620 have sadly passed away.
And now, the most heartbreaking story has come in from Florida...
via: Buddy BakerHappily married couple, Stuart and Adrian Baker, who had been enjoying their retirement in Boynton Beach, Florida, passed away within minutes of each other as a result of the devastating virus.
They had been married for fifty-one-years.
via: Alyssa BakerStuart, seventy-four, and Adrian, seventy-two, were reportedly in good health before contracting the virus and had never suffered from any serious health conditions.
The couple were diagnosed with the virus 3 weeks ago.
via: GoFundMeSpeaking to ABC News, their son, Buddy, president, and CEO of Exclusive Sports Group, explained, “My dad was admitted and my mom was sent home. My parents were married, as I tweeted, fifty-one-years and [were] virtually inseparable. They were never in different places and they were rarely in different rooms. So we were really worried about my mom being by herself… We would go see her and she was very weak and really wasn’t walking great."
Buddy recalled the devastating last few days of his parents' lives...
via: Twitter"I was informed, on the phone, by two separate doctors, that each one of [my] parents were [most likely] not going to make it. [My] mom on Wednesday woke up for a few minutes and kind of waved at us through the glass. We didn't go in the room and it just got worse every day," he said.
After their organs began shutting down, his parents were put on life-support machines...
via: GettyAnd, on Sunday, he and his siblings made the devastating decision to turn off their ventilators. “Our request was that when they [took them off the ventilators], that would allow them to be in the same room," Buddy explained. “[The hospital] put them in the same room and they actually sent up a picture of them holding hands [while sedated]." They passed away within 6 minutes of each other.
And now, following on from their heartbreaking death, Buddy has a message for all those still not taking the pandemic seriously.
via: TwitterIn a video posted to Twitter, which now has over a million views, Buddy urged people to heed social distancing and stay-at-home recommendations from public health officials.
He doesn't want his parents' death to go in vain.
via: Twitter"Until it touches you or touches somebody you know or you hear a story, you kind of feel removed from it," Bobby told CNN. "... Hopefully, my parents' passing doesn't go in vain."
You can watch his full speech here.
In loving memory of my mom and dad- please make the tough and right choice and help stop the spreading of this viru… https://t.co/kyGdALN5Qz— Buddy Baker (@Buddy Baker)1585687125.0