Dad seriously ill with Covid-19 after son catches virus in bar and infects family


John Place has been placed on a ventilator for more than two weeks after his son gave him coronavirus, which he caught at a bar, his wife Michelle Zymet (left) said (Photo: AP)

A father is fighting for his life after contracting Covid-19 from his son who caught the virus at a night out with his friends, according to the family.

John Place, 42, was put on a ventilator after he and his whole family caught the virus in Plantation, Fla., When his 21-year-old son brought him home from a bar, his wife said , Michelle Zymet, in a Facebook Live video. .

Zymet said her stepson went out with his friends and removed his mask while drinking although she and Place urged him not to.

They don’t necessarily listen. It could be peer pressure, ”Zymet said.

“Maybe they’re thinking, ‘None of us are sick. We are well. They do not understand that many of us are asymptomatic and are positive carriers of the virus.

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Place’s son started to feel ill within days of going out to the bar and later learned that a friend he was tested with tested positive for Covid-19.

The virus quickly spread to the rest of the family, starting with her 14-year-old brother who was wheezing, coughing and lethargic. Her six-year-old sister then started to have a runny nose and Zymet said she was in pain and had a fever.

Zymet said his entire family had tested positive for the virus, although Place was the only one to end up in an intensive care unit at the hospital, where he was placed on a ventilator for more than two weeks.

Place, who is believed to be diabetic, has since been removed from the ventilator and his condition has improved slightly.

In response to the ordeal, Zymet said that she shares her family’s story because she feels that young people are not taking the pandemic seriously “until it hits the house.”

“We could have finally caught this disease elsewhere. But is it the sad truth that he brought it home.

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