A MAN whose parents both died from the coronavirus — six minutes apart — is warning others it could happen to them, too.
Buddy Baker, of Indianapolis, said his parents’ deaths “happened so fast," and that just weeks ago, his parents “were in perfect health.”
Baker’s father, Stuart, a 74-year-old with asthma, was admitted to the hospital on March 19 with coronavirus symptoms.
Baker told WTHR he expected his father to be released in 48 hours, but suddenly his health rapidly declined and he ended up in the ICU.
Baker’s mom, Adrian, 72, was admitted to the hospital days later with minor symptoms before her health also quickly declined.
"An hour into us dropping her off there, I got a call from the ER doctor saying they didn’t think she was gonna make it," Buddy said.
"They both deteriorated day by day until Sunday until we had them put into [the] same room when they said there was no chance either one was gonna make it."
The Bakers both died on March 29.
"They were inseparable. They were married for 51-plus years. I don't know how they would've lived without each other, to be honest," their son said.
In a video posted to Twitter on Tuesday, Baker said: “We live in a world of ‘it can’t happen to me, it can’t happen to us, it can’t happen to my family."
“But it happened to us.”
He said that “while the CDC and all the regulatory bodies make suggestions on what we should do, I’m not sure everyone really understands the importance of it.”
Baker said he hopes the “tragic” deaths of his beloved parents “can be the catalyst for a change.”
“Practice social distancing, wash your hands as regularly as you can, and importantly stay at home.”
“Sometimes people, especially young people, can feel like they’re immune from something, we’re invincible, and it’s simply not the case,” Baker, a sports agent, said in his video.
“It’s not the easy choice, but it’s the right choice, it’s the safe choice.”
He continued: “So during this time, realize it’s boring to stay at home and you’re not gonna be able to live life as we’ve grown accustomed to.”
Baker said “it’s necessary to help fight and stop the spreading of this horrible virus,” and said to do that, “it’s going to take all of us, in it together.”
The Bakers' son created a GoFundMe in their names to raise money for an annual grant given to an incoming college student from the Queensbridge Houses in New York City, the nation's largest public housing complex, where Baker's dad spent the first six years of his life.
Fundraised money will "also be used to help find a cure for the horrible disease which took their lives."
As of Thursday afternoon, more than 234,000 people in the U.S. had the coronavirus and more than 5,600 people died from the virus.
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