Grandma Dies of COVID after Infected Person Hid Positive Test

A family who lost their grandmother to COVID-19 believes she contracted the coronavirus from someone who was knowingly infected but still attended a card game.

The Nash family is mourning the loss of Barb Bartolovich, 82, who died from COVID-19 on December 21 after being hospitalized in Ohio. Nearly two years into the pandemic, the family is trying to use the woman’s death as a reminder to others that they need to stay home if they feel sick or test positive.

“It is not worth it. It is not worth knowing you hurt someone, potentially hurt someone, or killed someone because you want to go out and have fun,” Lauren Nash, the woman’s granddaughter, told TV station WXYZ. “I am just horrified at where we are and what is going on, that we are not taking into account people’s lives.”

Despite being vaccinated, the 82-year-old was at a high risk of dying from COVID-19 because of her age and her status as a blood cancer survivor. Cancer survivors are at particular risk because cancers can weaken a person’s immune system and could mean a person has not mounted a sufficient antibody response to COVID-19 after being vaccinated.

Nash told WXYZ that her grandmother took as many precautions as she could and socialized only with people who took the pandemic as seriously as she did. Before a card game, she confirmed that everyone was vaccinated, but one person decided to attend despite testing positive for the virus.

Vaccinated individuals are less likely than unvaccinated individuals to contract COVID-19 and are at a lower risk of getting seriously ill or dying if they do get sick. However, vaccinated individuals can still spread the virus. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advises that everyone, regardless of vaccination status, should quarantine for five days after testing positive. The person should then wear a mask for five more days.

The message about protecting others is one that government and health officials have been pushing since the start of the pandemic. Officials have also urged young people, who are considered to be at a lower risk of developing severe disease, to modify their behaviors because they could become infected with the virus and pass it on to a grandparent or someone who is at high risk.

Officials have used the same messaging to try to convince younger people to get vaccinated against the virus. They’ve noted that healthy people not getting vaccinated could hinder America’s ability to achieve herd immunity, which in turn would help protect the most vulnerable and those who cannot get vaccinated.

Nash told WXYZ the family found out that a coronavirus-positive person knowingly attended the card game after the person “owned up” to it after learning Bartolovich was sick.

Original Article: ‘I Am Just Horrified’: Family Says Grandma Died of COVID After Person Hid Positive Test (msn.com)

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