Man Who Called COVID A ‘Hoax’ Feels Guilty After 2 Family Members Die From It

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"The feeling that I have is kind of like a drunk driver would have if they killed their family."

Tony Green opted to host a small family gathering at his home in Texas in June, thinking the coronavirus pandemic was “was an overblown media hoax,” he wrote in an op-ed in the Washington Post.

  • But shortly after Green and his partner hosted his parents and his partner’s parents for the weekend, all six of them tested positive for the coronavirus, and two of his family members died.
  • “Green developed severe symptoms, requiring a three-day hospital stay after the virus attacked his nervous system, but he eventually recovered,” People magazine reported. “His father-in-law and his father-in-law’s mother were not as lucky, though, and both died from COVID-19.”

Green’s father-in-law, whom he called his “best friend,” was on supplemental oxygen and improving until one day one of his lungs collapsed, and the other filled with fluid, requiring the help of a ventilator and life support. After nearly two months on the machines, he died.

In an interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper, Green said he feels a sense of guilt for hosting the get-together, even though no one knows who was the first to get COVID-19.

"The feeling that I have is kind of like what, I would say, a drunk driver would have if they killed their family," he said. "It was unintentional. This was my home. This is where it happened. So, you know there is a sense of responsibility."

  • The entire ordeal has changed his view of the coronavirus, Green said, now feeling he must “be the example” and “bring awareness” to those who take it less seriously.

Right now, Green wrote in his op-ed, he feels like he “can’t escape” COVID-19.

“It’s torn up our family. It’s all over my Facebook. It’s the election. It’s Trump. It’s what I keep thinking about,” he said. “How many people would have gotten sick if I’d never hosted that weekend? One? Maybe two? The grief comes in waves, but that guilt just sits.”

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