Anti-vaxxers have called the death of a Virginia couple with five children “fake news” from Covid-19, according to their devastated family.
Relatives say unrelated Covid skeptics Misty and Kevin Mitchem died just weeks after they both fell ill with the virus, and both regret not getting shots on their death beds.
But that hasn’t stopped people from claiming that his death was a hoax, says Mr Mitchem’s younger brother.
“Why would the media make up this sad story? I would give anything for it not to be true, just to get my brother back,” Mike Mitchum told Washington Post.
Ms Mitchem, 46, and her husband, 48, were both suspected of Covid-19 and took to a lot of online misinformation about the virus.
Mike Mitchem said, “He loved hearing different memes – or different people saying … Covid is not real.”
“I remember him telling me… ‘I’m never going to get over this. It’s not going to happen to me.'”
Ms Mitchem was put on a ventilator in the hospital on 19 September and died two days later, while her husband died on 8 October.
“His last words to my mom were, ‘Mom, I love you. I wish I could get the shot,'” Mike Mitchem told the newspaper.
and he told People That his brother had begged the medical staff to give him the vaccine at the time of his death in the hospital.
“I knew how deadly Covid could be so I went to my brother and told him to please get vaccinated,” he said.
“His reaction to me was to show the various memes and stuff he found on Facebook. He believed all that gospel was true and I couldn’t change his mind. The heartbreaking part was when Kevin was in the hospital, he Asked the medical staff to give him the shot. They had to tell him it was too late.”
Mike Mitchum’s daughter-in-law, Rachel Rhodes, a nurse practitioner, unsuccessfully encouraged the couple to get vaccinated.
“It’s incredibly frustrating to be a medical provider because of all the misinformation being spread online,” she said. the free lance-star.
“It has become very discouraging to hear the reasons for rejection of vaccines by patients/people. It has gotten to the point where it is no longer even worth discussing because it is completely unrelated to anything medical or scientific.”
And she said: “My heart breaks for their children who are going through this terrible situation. Losing a parent is hard enough, but losing both parents within a short period of time is devastating. “
The US has seen nearly 45.2m Covid-19 cases and over 732,000 deaths during the pandemic.
Kevin and Misty’s children — a 17-year-old daughter, a 14-year-old daughter and 11-year-old twins, a boy and a girl — are living with Misty’s sister in South Carolina.
Mr. Mitchem also leaves behind a 22-year-old daughter from a previous relationship.
Credit: www.independent.co.uk / anti-vaxxers