New Orleans’ Antoinette Franklin, 86, died of the corona virus
Three sons and their elderly Louisiana mother all died within a few days of the coronavirus.
New Orleans-born Antoinette Franklin, 86, along with her sons Herman Franklin Jr., 71, Anthony Franklin Sr., 58, and Timothy Franklin, 61, all died from March 20 to 30.
“My uncle died, my grandmother died, my father died, and my other uncle died,” said Anthony Franklin Jr. NBC News.
“It was literally seven to eight days apart. It’s horrible. ‘
Herman Franklin died on March 20. Anthony Franklin Sr., died on March 26 and is survived by his two children, their mother and a fiancé. Timothy Franklin died on March 30.
The three brothers and their mother all tested positive for coronavirus, according to the New Orleans Coroner’s Office.
It’s not clear if they were tested for COVID-19 before or after their death and their underlying causes of death were not revealed, but all four fell ill at once.
Timothy William Franklin was 61 on the left, while his brother Herman Franklin was 71 on the right
Anthony Franklin St. was 58 and died on March 26
“I want the world to know if it happened to the Franklin family, it can happen to any family,” said Jacqueline Franklin, wife of Anthony Franklin Sr. WDSU.
“Let’s take this seriously. My children have to bury their father, their dear grandmother and their uncles. ‘
New Orleans has emerged as one of the early American hot spots for the corona virus.
The death rate in New Orleans is nearly double that of New York, with doctors and public health officials blaming the Big Easy’s high levels of obesity and related conditions.
“We’re just sicker,” said Rebekah Gee to the Wall Street Journal, who was Louisiana Health Secretary until January and now heads the Louisiana State University health service department.
New Orleans residents suffer from obesity, diabetes, and hypertension at rates above the national average, conditions that doctors and public health officials believe can make patients more vulnerable to COVID-19, the highly contagious respiratory condition.
New Orleans (above during the lockdown) remains a national virus hotspot. The death toll in the city is now at 409. The Mardi Gras celebrations in the city have been blamed for causing the virus to spread across the state so quickly, but the underlying health problems are also to blame
Orleans Parish, which includes New Orleans, has a death rate of 37.93 coronavirus deaths per 100,000 people. Pictured: Elena Likaj, prevention department manager at Odyssey House Louisiana, began testing motorcyclists for coronavirus at a drive-thru testing station in the city
About 97% of those killed by COVID-19 in Louisiana had a pre-existing condition, the state health service said.
Diabetes was seen in 40% of deaths, obesity in 25%, chronic kidney disease in 23% and heart problems in 21% according to data published last week.
The CDC also reported that 39% of residents have high blood pressure, 36% are obese, and 15% have diabetes.
In New Orleans, hospitals report cases down the generations, such as in the case of Franklin.
Family members often suffered from the same medical conditions before they fell ill, making them equally vulnerable to the coronavirus despite their age differences.