“Every day I live knowing that my dad passed from Covid, that my uncle passed from Covid. And some people, I don’t think, understand that it could impact them the same way,” she said. “They live so carelessly … but whatever you do could affect somebody else, just like they did to them.”
He claimed the cases and deaths are “far exaggerated in the United States because of @CDCgov’s ridiculous method of determination compared to other countries, many of whom report, purposely, very inaccurately and low,” he wrote.
“It’s an insult,” Cerna said. “If it was fake, then my dad would be alive. My uncle … all the rest of the people that have died would be alive.”
Her father, Virgilio, and his brother did everything together, she said. Cerna said her uncle — a Navy veteran — was like a second father to her growing up.
So when Fourth of July weekend came around, her uncle drove over for a visit. The brothers shared a lovely meal, she said. And though Cerna’s uncle was having some symptoms, he did not know he had Covid-19, she said.
By the end of that week, the family found out her uncle was positive, she said, and they all expected that her father, who had started to feel sick, would test positive too.
About a week later, she said, her father went to the emergency room, and she never saw him again.
Now, Cerna believes, her father would want others to understand the risks embedded in the choices they make as the pandemic continues.
“Don’t go to parties. Do follow social distancing. Do wear masks,” Cerna said. “You might not care about yourself, but you need to care about other people.”