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A man in Florida who disregarded the conronavirus pandemic as "hysteria" has changed his mind after he tested positive for the virus and ended up in intensive care, reports WPTV.

  • Brian Hitchens is a rideshare driver from Jupiter, Florida. He continued to drive strangers around his city without a mask during the pandemic.
  • “I thought it was maybe the government trying something, and it was kind of like they threw it out there to kinda distract us,” he told local reporters. “I’d get up in the morning and pray and trust in God for his protection, and I’d just leave it at that. There were all these masks and gloves. I thought it looks like a hysteria.”
  • Both Hitchens and his wife became infected with the virus. Though Brian is doing well, his wife is still in intensive care and on a ventilator.
  • In a Facebook post, Hitchens pleaded with the public to not take the virus lightly: “This thing is nothing to be messed with please listen to the authorities and heed the advice of the experts,” he wrote in the post. “Looking back I should have wore a mask in the beginning but I didn’t and perhaps I’m paying the price for it now but I know that if it was me that gave it to my wife I know that she forgives me and I know that God forgives me.”
  • Hitchens and his wife are still checked into Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center and they are unsure when they will be discharged.

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