An at-home haircut led to the coronavirus deaths of a Chicago couple who took each precaution they may previous to contracting the lethal virus, in line with their distraught son.
Joe Bruno mentioned his mother and father, Mike and Carol Bruno, died from COVID-19 simply 9 days aside after the couple, who have been married for 59 years, received contaminated throughout a Nov. 20 go to to his condominium so he might get a haircut from his sister.
“We never thought this would happen to our family – and it did,” Bruno informed WLS-TV Thursday. “This virus is really unforgiven and just attacks in really vicious ways.”
Bruno’s sister works in a salon and organized to provide him a haircut simply earlier than Thanksgiving at his residence. She had examined destructive for the virus previous to the at-home go to and quarantined for 3 or 4 days beforehand, Bruno recalled.
“I needed a haircut and she said, ‘Well, why don’t I just come by and cut your hair so you don’t have to come into the salon?’” he informed the station.
Joe’s sister introduced alongside their mother, Carol, for the haircut, which lasted about solely 30 to 40 minutes, he mentioned.
“I did not hug my mom, I did not hug my sister,” Bruno mentioned. “My sister cut my hair, she was masked, all the windows were open. We were distanced in my apartment and then they left.”
But later that night, Bruno’s sister felt in poor health, and she or he got here down with signs of the virus about three days later. Their mom, in the meantime, was admitted to a hospital on Thanksgiving Day, simply six days after the fateful haircut, CNN reported.
Her situation initially improved and she or he was discharged that week, however later returned to a hospital and was placed on a ventilator. Mike Bruno, who didn’t go together with his spouse and daughter to his son’s condominium, got here down with the virus about two weeks after Thanksgiving, Joe Bruno informed CNN.
Carol Bruno, 79, died on Dec. 14, in line with her obituary.
“Carol was a strong woman who cared for her family and overcame many challenges throughout her life,” the obit learn. “She loved to cook, was a devoted wife, amazing mother and a gracious woman.”
Nine days after his spouse died, Mike succumbed to the virus, CNN reported. He was on a ventilator when his spouse handed away, their son recalled.
“I think the thing that gives us peace is knowing that my dad didn’t know that my mom passed away,” Bruno informed WLS-TV. “To know that they went within less than 10 days of one another is such a beautiful thing. And you know, I would give anything to bring them back, but I’m so happy that they are together again.”
But Bruno, who has additionally since examined constructive for COVID-19, alongside together with his brother, sister and her husband, mentioned he regrets his resolution to get the haircut.
“Had I made that sacrifice and, you know, didn’t spend, you know, 30 to 40 minutes with my mom — they would still be here,” Bruno informed WLS-TV.