Monica V. Garcia with a photo of her father, Carlos, who died of Covid-19.

A woman cared for her sick parents while she was pregnant. Her father died, and coronavirus came for her too

Updated 8:07 AM ET, Fri May 22, 2020

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(CNN)Every six hours, Monica V. Garcia trekked from floor to floor of her family's house to take ice packs and Tylenol to her fever-ridden parents.

The two were quarantining in separate rooms in their Elizabeth, New Jersey, home to avoid spreading Covid-19, which they had contracted in early April. Garcia, who is six months pregnant, gave everything she had to care for them. But it came at a cost.
Like many who come in contact with the virus, she caught it too, according to Garcia's medical records, provided to CNN.
Garcia and her family are among the thousands of Latinos across the US who have been disproportionately affected by the virus. Latinos make up 18% of the population but about 29% of Covid-19 deaths so far, according to the US Census Bureau and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The virus left Garcia with 12 days straight of fevers and days of chest pain. To protect her baby, she turned down Hydroxychloroquine and antibiotics in favor of rest, steam baths and an asthma pump to help her breathe, she said.
"I stopped thinking of myself, even though I should because it's my first baby, my first child," Garcia told CNN. "The people that know me know that my parents are my world. You're stuck between the two and I chose them because I didn't want to lose them."
    Although she and her mother have recovered, the disease took her father from her before he got to meet her firstborn child. Carlos Arturo Garcia passed away at age 70 on April 22.

    'I feel the emptiness'

    As Garcia, 33, grieves the loss of her father, she is trying to keep it together for her mother. She's also continuing her day job of teaching kindergarten, now virtually due to the pandemic.
    Meanwhile, her husband is half a world away, awaiting his flight -- if it doesn't get canceled -- to the US on May 26.
    Garcia met her husband, Yasreynolds Rodriguez, in the Dominican Republic in 2017.
    Garcia and Yasreynolds Rodriguez have been in a long-distance relationship for three years. He lives in the Dominican Republic and the couple was just able to get him a visa to come to the US.
    The family requested that the visa be expedited with "everything that I'm going through with my father, that I'm pregnant and that I had Covid," Garcia said. Luckily, it got approved.
    Their baby is due August 3, so the couple hopes Rodriguez is able to be in New Jersey for the birth.
    Garcia's friends are planning a virtual baby shower for her on June 7, so the mom-to-be is trying to look forward to that in between the waves of grief.
    Being at home, seeing Carlos Garcia's spot at the table and knowing he isn't coming home is hard on both mother and daughter.
      "I have to be strong for my mother because she's having a hard time," Garcia said. "Every spot, every smell, being in the bedroom, it's difficult. I try not to break down in front of