Alicia Ball, from Mississippi, is pleading with people to get vaccinated after her husband fell severely ill with the virus.
William Ball, fifty-two, suffered from a heart attack last month, and while recovering in hospital he, unfortunately, caught COVID-19. His wife was also infected with the virus but she had received the COVID vaccine previously - while William had refused to get them.
Alicia told CBS This Morning that her unvaccinated husband is in an "extremely bad" condition. "He can't even get up," she claimed. "We didn't think the virus was serious either, at first. I'm not gonna lie. We had no idea."
Alicia also took to Facebook detailing that her family needed as many "prayers and healing", as they could get from people.
"My sweet husband is on day 8 in the hospital and will be there for a while," she wrote on July 16th.
He was suffering from pneumonia and "COVID lung".
"There are also several men in our church fighting the same thing. We have really tried to, after this, talk to as many of our friends and family as possible that they should get it. I never really realized how bad it would be – how bad this Delta variant would be," she told CNN.
According to the Independent, Mississippi has the lowest rate of vaccination of any other state in the country. 34.4 percent of residents have been fully vaccinated... which in reality, isn't a lot at all.
Fifty-nine patients with COVID are hospitalized at the St. Dominic-Jackson, Mississippi, where William is also trying to recover.
"We don't know if they got a full antibody response; their immune system may be weakened," the director of Hospital Medicine Dr. Teri Oakes Dyess said to CBS.
So, after Alicia's experience watching her husband suffer from coronavirus, she's urging people who are against the vaccine to reconsider and to get it as soon as they can.
The Delta variant is more contagious than the other virus strains, as per Yale Medicine. Originally surfacing in India, the first Delta case was identified in 2020, spreading fast, becoming the dominant strain of the virus in both India and Great Britain. It was eventually the cause of more than eighty percent of new US Covid-19 cases, as per the center for Disease Control and Prevention.
So if you haven't already, please consider getting yourselves vaccinated to prevent the spread and destruction of COVID-19.