A man who said he previously thought coronavirus was “just a flu” and wearing a mask was “political” has tweeted videos from his hospital bed as he battles Covid-19.
Chuck Stacey said masks were never made mandatory in his home state of Florida and due to a “crippling claustrophobia” he only wore a face shield, not a mask.
In a series of videos tweeted from a hospital bed, Mr Stacey struggles to breathe and admits he was wrong, describing having Covid-19 as “horrifying”.
“I didn’t wear a mask. I should have. I didn’t. I believed this was just a flu. That it was all gonna go away. That it was political. I didn’t think a mask would help,” Mr Stacey says slowly in one video.
Mr Stacey has posted a number of updates on his condition, in each one he speaks of his regret of not taking the virus more seriously.
“You don’t want to end up like me. I’m having trouble breathing. I may have to be intubated if I get any worse,” he said.
Mr Stacey said his wife also tested positive for Covid-19 and he is unsure how either of them contracted the virus as he works from home, lives in a small town and said he practiced social distancing, wore a face shield and used hand sanitiser.
“Nothing is 100 per cent on this virus and even if I would’ve wore a mask I could’ve still gotten it. But the fact of the matter is we have to do everything that we can do to protect ourselves and to protect the people that are really at risk,” Mr Stacey said.
“I just thank God that I haven’t given this to someone and taken a life. I would not be able to handle that.”
In one of the videos he addresses “mean” comments he has received on social media claiming he shouldn’t be treated for the virus as he didn’t take full precautions but said he is speaking out to inform other skeptics of how serious Covid is.
“If what is happening to me can make one person do something that might save their life I’m good with it,” he said.
Mr Stacy ended his last update stating that he felt the negative comments were “part of the problem” in America.
“We don’t listen to one another, we don’t show the compassion that we should. I’ve got a lot of things to say but I don’t have the breath to say it.
“But when I’m out of here, I’m going to say it loudly. I’m going to try and be a voice for common sense and a voice for decent, this is an opportunity for us to unite together.”
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