But an ordinary family trip to get a haircut claimed both of their lives.
Bruno hopes his family’s grief serves as an important reminder of how easy it can be to contract a Kovid-19, no matter how safe you are.
Fall through precautions
In late November, Bruno’s mother, Carol Bruno, came to her apartment with her sister to give her a haircut. Prior to the trip, her sister, who works in a salon, underwent a Kovid-19 test that returned negatively. She too was separated for three to four days – a sign that the family meant it was safe to be around her.
Her mother, on the other hand, was not out at all during the epidemic.
During the trip, which lasted about 40 minutes, Brunos wore a mask and avoided hugging, Bruno explained. He also ensured that his mother sat next to the windows he had opened as an extra precaution.
The day after the trip, Bruno’s sister began to display symptoms of Kovid-19. Mother and son started feeling unwell shortly after.
A journey turns into a tragedy
Mother Carol Bruno was hospitalized on Thanksgiving Day, but was discharged that week as her condition improved. Two days later, she returned to the hospital where she was placed on a ventilator.
Then, her husband became ill.
Mike Bruno did not even accompany his wife and daughter to see his son, but began experiencing symptoms and according to Bruno was admitted to a hospital about two weeks after Thanksgiving.
Carroll passed away the day after her husband was put on ventilator. Nine days later, two days before Christmas, Mike followed.
It was an easy choice after taking all precautions, an option that they thought was safe.
Bruno said, “I made that sacrifice and you know, didn’t spend, you know, 30-40 minutes with my mother – they would still be here.”
Correction: An earlier version of this story misstated the total American coronavirus virus death.