But a simple family visit to chop claimed both lives.
Bruno hopes his family’s grief is an important reminder of how easy it can be to get Covid-19, no matter how safe you are.
Precautions fall through
At the end of November, Bruno’s mother, Carol Bruno, came to his apartment with his sister so that his sister could cut him. Before his visit, his sister, who works in a salon, took a Covid-19 test that was negative. She was also placed in quarantine for three to four days – a sign that the family had indicated that it was safe to be around her.
His mother, on the other hand, was not out much at all during the pandemic.
During the visit, which lasted about 40 minutes, the Brunos wore masks and avoided hugs, Bruno explained. They also took extra care to have their mother sit next to the windows they opened.
A day after the visit, Bruno’s sister began to show symptoms of Covid-19. Mom and son started feeling bad soon after.
One visit turns into tragedy
Carol Bruno, the mother, was admitted to the hospital on Thanksgiving Day, but was discharged that week as her condition improved. Two days later, she returned to the hospital where she was put in a ventilator.
Then her husband became ill.
Mike Bruno did not even accompany his wife and daughter to go to his son, but began to experience symptoms and was admitted to the hospital about two weeks after Thanksgiving, according to Bruno.
A day after her husband was put in a fan, Carol passed away. Nine days later, two days before Christmas, Mike follows.
All it cost was a simple choice after months of caution, a choice they thought was safe.
“If I had made that sacrifice, and, you know, not spent 30-40 minutes with my mother – they would still be here,” Bruno said.
Correction: An earlier version of this story misrepresented the total death toll in the American coronavirus.