Members of Texan Family Get Covid at Party Including Cancer Patient

Grant Boone
June 28, 2020

"Next thing you know, the two nephews that basically live next door to him, they get the same cough and diarrhea, body aches, and they start getting sick", Barbosa said to Buzzfeed News.

Studies from China showed that people are likely going to contract coronavirus from family or household members.

Barbosa told WFAA that the party had followed current state health regulations, but he and his wife didn't go to the party as a precaution during the coronavirus pandemic.

"The virus often hides in the healthy and is given to those who are at grave risk of being hospitalized and dying", Austin Public Health officials said, according to the Associated Press.

Those eight people then spread the virus to 10 other relatives in the family, including both young children and Barbosa's parents, who are in their 80s.

The three people who are hospitalized - the elderly couple and the cancer patient - are Barbosa's parents and his sister. "However throughout that temporary time, someway the opposite 18 household members at the moment are contaminated with COVID".

"We knew this was going to happen", Ron Barbosa told WFAA. Kathy sat outside on a porch away from the party while it was in progress, and Carole only popped in to drop something off before heading home to Frank.

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Eighteen cases have been linked to the 30th birthday party in Texas hosted by a family member, who was unknowingly infected. He is in the ICU and on life support. "I imply this entire time this has been happening we've been terrified".

80-somethings Carole and Frank Barbosa are among the family members fighting the coronavirus.

Mr Barbosa said his father, Frank, who didn't attend the get-together but later contracted COVID-19, was hospitalised on June 17.

Carole has returned home to recover, according to a Facebook page the family created, which indicated that Barbosa's sister, Kathy, is feeling better and back home to recuperate. As the COVID-19 numbers rise steadily throughout the country, the stupidest game one can play is gathering in a large group, which is exactly what led to one family's current nightmare.

The spread of the illness among the family comes as cases have spiked in Texas to the point that Governor Greg Abbott announced Thursday that the state is pausing its latest reopening phase and suspending elective surgeries.

Frank obtained a plasma donation Wednesday from a recovered coronavirus patient, in accordance to Barbosa's Facebook web page.

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