A man who claims coronavirus is a government hoax has changed his mind – after he and his wife were hospitalized for the disease.
Brian Hitchens previously said he did not think Covid-19 was real, and stated that “God is bigger than this virus.”
But only a few weeks later, Brian and his wife were both hospitalized after the contract corona virus.
From his hospital bed, Brian, a rideshare driver from Florida, now urges people to take the virus seriously.
He told WPTV : “I think it might be the government trying something, and it looks like they threw it there to distract us.”
Brian accepts Facebook in April to play down concerns about the virus, which has so far killed nearly 89,000 people in the US.
“I wake up in the morning and pray and believe in God for his protection, and I’ll leave it alone. There are all these masks and gloves. I think it looks like hysteria,” one post wrote.
However, Brian and his wife have now recovered from illness at Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center.
“I don’t want to see anyone going through what I went through,” he said.
“My wife uses a ventilator. It’s been like that for three weeks, and it’s difficult. It’s sad,” he added.
The couple were still in hospital on Wednesday, and were unable to see each other. Brian wasn’t sure when they would be sent home.
“This is not a scare tactic that anyone uses. It is not something made up. This is a real virus that you must take seriously,” Brian said recently on Facebook.
More than 44,000 cases of the corona virus have been reported in Florida, along with 1,917 deaths.
It came as US President Donald Trump set target experts to provide the coronavirus vaccine by the end of the year.
Under “Operation Warp Speed”, the US government will invest in leading vaccine candidates and prepare to distribute them on a mass scale, the President announced yesterday.
The crack team drawing from governments, the military and the pharmaceutical industry will work with other countries to find blows that can prevent Covid-19, which is widely seen as the only long-term way to control the global pandemic.
At an event at the Rose Garden White House, President Trump revealed that former GlaxoSmithKline executive Dr. Moncef Slaoui and military general Gustave Perna would lead the operation.
Most health experts believe it will take 12 to 18 months or more to prepare a vaccine for the community.
But Dr Slaoui, who will be the team’s chief scientist, claimed that he was “confident” that millions of vaccines could be given by the end of this year.
“I recently saw preliminary data from clinical trials with the coronavirus vaccine,” he said.
“And this data makes me feel more confident that we will be able to give several hundred million vaccine doses by the end of 2020.”
Trump later downplayed the importance of vaccines.
“Vaccine or not, we are back,” he added.
“We have countries that are allies … we have countries, frankly, who are not allies where we work very closely together.
“We have no ego. Whoever gets it, we think it’s great. We will work with them. They will work with us.
“While we are accelerating the final phase of vaccine trials, Operation Warp Speed will simultaneously accelerate the manufacturing and manufacturing processes.
“In other words, we are getting ready so that when we get a good word – that we have a vaccine, we have a formula, we have what we need – we are ready to go.”
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