Son of Czech folk singer who died after catching Covid on purpose, blames anti-vaxxers for her death
The son of an unvaccinated Czech folk singer who died last weekend after contracting COVID-19 on purpose to live a ‘free’ life again lashed out at anti-vaxxers for filling his mother’s head with misinformation.
Jan Rek, the son of folk singer Hana Horka, also revealed his mother’s last tragic moments before she died on Sunday.
The morning she died, Horka, 57, was healthy enough to get dressed for a walk, before complaining that her back was hurting and lying in her bedroom.
“It was all over in about 10 minutes,” Rek said in an interview with the BBC on Wednesday. “She choked to death.”
Horka reportedly believed that getting the virus would prevent her from needing the vaccine, leading to her celebration when she learned she had contracted the virus.
Rek blamed her death on anti-vaxxers in the central European country.
“You took my mother, who based all her arguments on your basis. I despise you, you are an absolute waste,” Rek wrote on Facebook after his mother’s death.
In the photo: Jan Rek, left, son of folk singer Hana Horka, right
Horka, pictured, was the lead singer of Czech folk group Asonance prior to her tragic death
Horka, in the photo, reportedly believed that getting the virus would prevent her from getting the vaccine, leading to her party when she learned she had contracted the virus
Horka, the singer of the Czech folk group Asonance, had previously announced her infection on social media and welcomed the virus in several messages.
She said she was “lucky” to contract COVID because she could get a health pass that would allow her to visit sites blocked from people without evidence of vaccination or recent recovery from infection, her family said.
“I’m very happy about it because in this way I could live a ‘free’ life like everyone else and go back to the cinema, on vacation, to the sauna, to the theater,” she wrote. .
‘I survived… It was intense. So now there’s the theatre, the sauna, a concert… and an urgent trip to the sea,” she wrote on Friday, just two days before the virus would finally claim her life.
Rek added that although his mother had not been vaccinated at the time of her death, she did not subscribe to any of the many conspiracy theories about COVID vaccines.
Pictured: Czech folk singer Hana Horka, 57, who died Sunday after deliberately contracting COVID to avoid getting the vaccine
Jan Rek said his mother contracted the virus after he and his father, who had both been vaccinated, were infected with COVID during the Christmas holidays
Her philosophy was that she thought it was better to get Covid than to get vaccinated. Not that we would be microchipped or anything like that,” he said.
Rek explained that his mother continued to be in close contact with him and his father after the two, who had been vaccinated, contracted COVID during the Christmas break, which left Horka contracting the virus herself.
Covid cases in the Czech Republic hit a new daily high on Wednesday, with 28,469 cases reported in a population of 10.7 million people. Nearly 37,000 people have died in the country since the start of the pandemic.
According to the latest figures, 63 percent of the inhabitants of the Czech Republic are fully vaccinated, which is below the EU average. Thirty-one percent received a booster shot.
Resistance to getting the vaccine has remained an ongoing problem, both inside and outside the United States.
Half of U.S. adults who didn’t want to be vaccinated against COVID-19 in the spring of 2021 said nothing could change their mind, according to survey data released in November.
Horka was ‘lucky’ to contract COVID as she could get a health pass that would allow her to visit sites blocked from people without proof of vaccination
Researchers in Boston, New York and Barcelona surveyed about 6,000 adults, including participants from across the country — about 21 percent of whom said they didn’t want to receive the COVID vaccine.
More than half of those respondents said “nothing will change my opinion” about the vaccine, while 13 percent said advice from a family member or close friend could help convince them.
Nine percent said a doctor’s recommendation would be helpful.
Conservatives, people living in poverty and those who worked outside the home were more likely to be against vaccination, the study data showed.
The study was conducted in April 2021, before the Delta and Omicron variants took off in the US and abroad, vaccination programs, mandates and other initiatives. Yet about 15 percent of American adults remain unvaccinated, according to census.gov.