Man Dies of Coronavirus One Day After Admitting ‘Stupidity’ of Attending Party

Thomas Macias, a 51-year-old from California, died of the novel coronavirus just one day after expressing his regret that he attended a party in June during the global pandemic.

Macias admitted the “stupidity” that went into attending the party while also warning others about being careless.

‘I went out a couple of weeks ago … because of my stupidity I put my mom and sisters and my family’s health in jeopardy,” he said, via a report from CNN.com. “This has been a very painful experience. This is no joke. If you have to go out, wear a mask, and practice social distancing. … Hopefully with God’s help, I’ll be able to survive this.”

Macias attended a barbecue after restrictions in California were lifted. At least 12 people who attended the party later tested positive for the virus.

His death came just three days after being diagnosed.

The coronavirus mainly comes from animals and a majority of those who were infected early either worked at or frequently visited the Huanan seafood wholesale market in Wuhan, according to The Guardian. The virus is similar to Severe acute respiratory syndrome (Sars) and Middle Eastern respiratory syndrome (Mers).

The Wuhan coronavirus is transmitted from person to person through “droplet transmission.” That means an infected person can pass the virus by sneezing or coughing on another person as well as by direct contact.

While a majority of the cases have been detected in the United States and China — with more than 128,000 deaths in the United States — it has now reached many countries around the world. It has also been confirmed in Italy, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, and many other eastern countries.

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