Parents Die of COVID After Short Visit To See Kids | 22 Words

This tragic story just goes to prove how dangerous the virus still is. Here's what we know so far...

2020 is mere hours away from being over...

But that doesn't mean that the tragedies will immediately come to a halt.

COVID-19 is still very much a problem...

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Despite the vaccine being rolled out a few weeks ago.

So much so...

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That the tragic story has reached us of a mom and a dad who recently lost their lives after visiting their children for the first time during the pandemic. This is truly heartbreaking...

Now, we're all aware that 2020 has been nothing short of terrible.

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COVID-19 took the entire planet hostage back in March, and things have been nothing short of diabolical ever since.

Of course, there's no denying how unprepared the entire world was for this pandemic...

And Donald Trump's eagerness to tone down the virus didn't at all go to plan.

And even when the president was tested positive for COVID himself in October...

He continued to play it down and insist that we can simply "live with the virus."

This was extremely alarming for many to hear from one of the most powerful leaders in the world...

And it got us all wondering... What's the progress with the much-needed vaccine?

Pharmaceutical organizations from all around the world have been working tirelessly to discover a vaccine for months...

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But, to begin with, they didn't have much luck.

However, some amazing news was brought to us last month.

American multinational pharmaceutical corporation, Pfizer and German biotechnology company, BioNTech have been working on a coronavirus vaccine for the last few months and it was finally ready in November.

And as for the results?

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Well, they were looking that good that some countries started distributing the COVID vaccine out to their citizens a few weeks ago, including here in the U.S.

The arrival of this vaccine is a huge sigh of relief...

But this doesn't mean that the pandemic is over.

So many people are still losing their lives to the deadly virus...

And this is mostly due to the mixing of households because many feel it is now okay to start visiting their loved ones again.

This is far from the case...

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And the tragic story of Mike and Carol Bruno certainly proves this.

Mike, eighty, and Carol, seventy-nine, who are from Chicago, have been together for almost 6 decades...

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And they share 2 children together.

Their son, Joseph, explained how close he was to his mom and dad.

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"We're a very close Italian family, so we're used to seeing each other quite often and hugging and kissing, and we sacrificed all of that all year," Joseph said to PEOPLE.

Throughout the pandemic, Joseph and his sister stayed in touch with their parents by talking on the phone...

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But in November, they decided that a quick visit with their mom would be okay. Joseph's sister had just tested negative for COVID-19 and quarantined at home for about 3 days afterward, and Joseph "wasn’t really going anywhere."

Carol went to her daughter's apartment for pizza and gave her son a haircut...

And, although they stayed distanced during the forty-minute visit, wore masks, didn’t hug, and had Carol sit by the windows, the entire family started showing symptoms just a few days later.

Carol quickly developed severe COVID-19 illness was admitted to the hospital on Thanksgiving Day.

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She improved at first and went home that week, but after 2 days she was back at the hospital and put on a ventilator. Mike, who did not even visit with their kids, also contracted COVID-19 and went to the hospital about 2 weeks after his wife, where he was put on a ventilator.

Just one day after Mike went on the ventilator, Carol died of COVID-19...

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And 9 days later, Mike tragically died of COVID-19 too.

"My parents were a couple who had really no wealth in the traditional sense, but had an abundance of love that they gave everybody."

"We were such a close family and we took this so seriously because the people are what we have in life. It's just so tragic that in a matter of 3 weeks, our entire family has been just devastated by these two huge losses in our lives," Joseph said.

Now, Joseph is emphasizing that any visits, no matter how short or seemingly safe, are a risk.

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"Had I made that sacrifice and, you know, didn't spend, you know, thirty-forty minutes with my mom, they would still be here," he told WLS-TV.

He also wants people to understand that anyone can be seriously impacted by this virus.

"When I scroll through social media and I see people having house parties and making plans for New Year’s Eve, it's just so baffling to me that they think they're immune. I couldn't get out of bed for ten days and I am an extremely healthy, active human being. This virus just doesn't discriminate at all, and can really attack in vicious ways."

He then added:

"If you do have a family member who ends up in the hospital, you can't see them, you can't be by their side. We did not get to say goodbye to either of our parents."

It's urgent for people to start taking this pandemic seriously in order to prevent any more tragedies.

Rest in Peace, Carol and Mike.