Ride share driver Brian Hitchens told WPTV that he dismissed the deadly coronavirus as “hysteria” while he drove strangers around while not wearing a mask in Jupiter, Florida:
I thought it was maybe the government trying something, and it was kind of like they threw it out there to kinda distract us. 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.
Hitchens and his wife both contracted coronavirus, but did not go to a church for treatment. They went to the Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center where medical personnel risk their lives every day treating coronavirus victims.
They were both placed in an intensive care unit. Hitchens is recovering, but his wife is still on a ventilator at the ICU, after three weeks.
Hitchens posted his regrets for denying science on Facebook :
This wasn’t some scare tactic that anybody was using. It wasn’t some made-up thing. This was a real virus you gotta take seriously. This thing is nothing to be messed with please listen to the authorities and heed the advice of the experts. 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.
(Source: WPTV, Photo Credit: Brian Hitchens)