Tony Green, from Texas, thought coronavirus was hoax and just a “rebranded flu” until a small gathering in June resulted in 14 of his family members becoming ill.
“In all fairness there’s so much misinformation out there,” Green told CNN’s Brianna Keilar. “There was a lot of things that were going on that were causing me to believe misleading information,” he said.
“It seems that the White House, the communication was really broken down … There are things that have to be corrected if we discover more and more about the virus. But it seemed like it was being downplayed, ‘don’t panic, don’t worry,’ to the point where you just think, ‘OK, well, you know, if the President is not worried, if the White House isn't worried ... let's go on with life,’” Green added.
Since the gathering in June, while most of Green’s family is recovering well, his father-in-law remains on ventilator and another family member died in July.
Green said the loosening of restrictions in Texas made his family think that the small gathering would be okay.
“It just kind of spread from there. It spread quickly. It spread to multiple cities and 14 of us got infected,” he said.
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