An act of kindness led to eight members of a New Jersey family getting infected with coronavirus.
Sofia Burke has been working on the front lines of the COVID pandemic as a nurse at a New Jersey nursing home. But it was her mother’s good deed that caused the 43-year-old to be hospitalized with the novel virus.
“I’m sitting in a bed completely feeling useless… because we let our guard down for one second,” Burke told CBS News.
It all started after Burke’s mother gave a “selfless” ride to an elderly friend, who was unknowingly infected with coronavirus.
“She claimed she had a cold, a simple cold,” Burke said.“It turned out she had COVID and was a super-spreader… . My mother let her guard down for one moment. One moment. And in that swift moment, my entire family was affected.”
In addition to Burke, her mother, father, brother, husband and three children contracted COVID.
"My mother is home with oxygen unable to breathe on her own after being in the hospital for six days," Burke told NorthJersey.com. "My child, my two year old with diabetes, contracted the virus. She had to endure high fever and now has COVID."
While Burke’s brother, husband, and two other children are recovering with mild symptoms, her 93-year-old father’s condition quickly deteriorated. After being put on a ventilator, he passed away last week.
Burke remains hospitalized but wanted to send a message to anyone taking the pandemic lightly or refusing to follow safety restrictions.
“Wouldn’t you want to walk away with your family alive, healthy without nerve damage, without [them being] unable to breathe?" Burke said. "You don’t want to spend the money you have on funerals and burying your loved ones.”