A California truck driver wrote a tragic last Facebook post with regrets a day before dying of the corona virus.
51-year-old Tommy Macias, who lived in Los Angeles, said he contracted the deadly virus at a party in early June because the coronavirus restrictions were relaxed in the state.
In the post, he admitted that he had been “raised” by not wearing a mask and keeping his distance from people because he felt guilty for endangering his family.
Tommy Macias, 51, a truck driver from California (left), got the corona virus at a party early last month before he was taken to hospital on June 21 (right), where he died just hours later
A day before he was taken to the hospital, he uploaded this post to Facebook, admitted he had been raised, begged people to wear masks in public, and prayed for his own survival
Macias, who was overweight and diabetic, finished the post by writing, “Hopefully I can survive this with God’s help.” He died a day later.
Gustavo Lopez, his brother-in-law, told NBC that Macias followed the guidelines from March to early June and only went out if necessary.
In early June, however, Macias traveled 70 miles to Lake Elsinore to attend a party with a large group of others.
Among the crowd was a friend, who did not name Lopez, who had tested positive for coronavirus and was aware of the diagnosis.
But because he had no symptoms, the person thought he couldn’t infect other people.
Lopez said he next saw Macias on June 11, shortly after the party, when he “ didn’t look well ” and turned out to be very sweaty.
It was around this time that the infected friend informed the people at the party about his diagnosis, which tested others.
California is currently in the midst of a major spike in coronavirus cases that prompted Governor Gavin Newsom (pictured) to re-lock parts of the state
More than 6,000 cases of coronavirus were reported in California on June 29, while hospital and ICU admissions were up nearly 50 percent
Macias did a test on June 16, which came back positive on June 18.
More than a dozen people who attended the party have since returned positive for the virus.
Macias wrote his last Facebook post on June 20, writing, “Some of you know, but most don’t. I got refurbished and went out a few weeks ago and contracted the corona virus.
‘I tested it on Monday and it was confirmed on Thursday. Because of my stupidity, I put my mother and sisters and my family at risk. This was a very painful experience.
‘This is not a joke. If you must go, wear a mask and practice social distance. Don’t be an idiot like me.
“Thank you to all my friends who brought me food and everyone who has been there for me.
“Hopefully I can survive this with God’s help. I love you all.’
Macias was rushed to the hospital at around 11 a.m. the next day after struggling to breathe. A final photo in the hospital shows that he is receiving oxygen with a mask.
Sometime between 6:00 PM and 7:00 PM, the doctors made the decision to put him on an invasive ventilator. Two hours later he was dead.
Lopez said, “I think he wanted people to know this, this is real. It is serious and it kills people. ‘
Affectionately called ‘Big Sexy’, Macias did not get married and had no children. His friends and family remembered him as a generous man who was always ready to help others.
He is survived by his mother, two sisters, four nieces and two grandnieces.
Under the new measure, restaurants will be allowed to continue dining al fresco, but indoor activities should be discontinued
The US is now registering more than 50,000 cases of coronavirus per day in a second wave of infections already greater than the first
California is currently one of the hardest-hit states with coronavirus in the U.S., where the daily balloon has dropped by more than 50,000 tolls.
More than 6,000 people tested positive for the virus on Wednesday in California alone, while hospital admissions and ICU also rose by about 50 percent.
That has led Governor Gavin Newsom to reverse plans to reopen with restaurants, bars, wineries, movie theaters, and other indoor locations closed in most of the state for at least three weeks shortly after reopening.
Some beaches will also close before July 4 this weekend, and while there will be no state-imposed closure, Newsom said parking and road access will be limited to avoid overcrowding.
He also recommends large fireworks shows be canceled and warned people not to meet people outside their household.
The U.S. now has more than 2.6 million cases of coronavirus and 128,000 deaths, most of any country in the world.