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During the current pandemic, the use of face masks has been a heated debate, with many people questioning the effectiveness of them.

But one dad has tragically been left fighting for his life after his son met friends without wearing a mask

This story is truly heartbreaking.

Over recent months, our lives have changed completely.

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A pandemic has taken over.

However, in the past few weeks, little bits of normality have been appearing...

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With things beginning to reopen again.

But whilst things are getting back to normal, we must still take precautions.

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This is very important because we need to stop the spread of the virus.

In fact, some precautions are becoming mandatory in some places.

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Including here in the US.

In some states, it has become mandatory to wear a face mask on certain occasions.

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For example, in some retail stores like Costco, customers are required to wear one. And not to mention public transport.

Some people are choosing to wear a face-covering regardless.

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To provide them with peace of mind.

But there are issues with face masks that many people have discovered.

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Not only are they in short supply, after most countries in the world are requiring PPE.

Meaning that many people are having to make their own.

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Both for themselves and for essential workers, as they are not being provided with enough.

But the other issue is that many people have discovered how uncomfortable face masks can be.

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Particularly when they are worn for a long period of time.

They can also make it hard to breathe whilst wearing.

You may think the uncomfortable nature is a small price to pay for the safety they could provide.

But obviously there has been an ongoing debate as to if they actually provide enough protection.

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The world seems to be divided on the issue, with lots of people claiming that the masks are in fact only an accessory used to control the masses.

And that's why many are refusing to wear them.

Anti-lockdown protests have been taking place, even since the President shut the country down a few months ago as people would rather "live freely than be oppressed by masks." Yikes.

Despite this, health experts have stressed their importance.

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Healthline describes them as "crucial in the fight against the pandemic." They stressed that this rule is to protect others and not yourself. Wearing a mask reduces the transmission of the disease by at least half.

For one family, the effectiveness of masks has been proven.

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After a son's mistake of taking his off left his dad in the hospital.

John Place has been left fighting for life after his son ignored advice not to gather with friends.

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His 21-year-old son met with friends whilst wearing a face mask but, at some point removed it and consequently came home with the virus.

When he returned home with the virus, he unknowingly infected his family with his dad being most affected.

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The 42-year-old dad from Plantation, Florida had to be taken to intensive care at Westside Regional Medical Center where has he spent two weeks on a ventilator.

Michelle Zymet, Place's wife and the young man's stepmother said that she pleaded with her stepson to stay at home but he assured that he would be careful.

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Speaking to 7 News Miami she said, "I pleaded with him every time he left the house, ‘Please wear your mask, take sanitizer, make sure you’re constantly washing your hands'. He always assured me, ‘Don’t worry, mom. I’m doing everything right, relax, chill'."

After having the virus for three weeks, Zymet and her three children are now feeling better but her husband is continuing with the struggle to battle it.

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Zymet explained, "He’s fighting for his life literally every single minute in that hospital. We’re all COVID positive. None of us can leave the house. We can’t go anywhere. I can’t see my husband. It’s difficult, and it’s scary that he’s there all alone." A GoFundMe page has been set up to help pay for John medical bill and support Michelle.

Michelle is now urging others to be careful and learn from the mistakes of her situation, highlighting that "you’re not invincible".

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"This is not a joke. This is a deadly, devastating disease that is affecting millions of people across the world. You need to listen and understand that you got to take the necessary precautions, Just wear the mask. At least wear your mask and try to wash your hands as often as you can."

There has been a multitude of responses to the story.

This user feels it should be a friendly reminder to wear a mask at all times.

However, others felt more strongly about the situation.

Is it the ignorance of younger generations that are putting other people's lives at risk?

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This user feels like actions must have consequences.

While others simply reiterated the importance of masks.

This illness would probably have been preventable if the son had chosen to stay home, instead of visiting friends that day.

John now faces a long road to recovery as doctors are trying to slowly take his off the ventilator.

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Wear a mask. Stay safe. Spread love, not the virus. Keep scrolling to see what happens to people that actively decided not to wear one...