Mike and Carol Bruno thought they did everything right.
They quarantined, refrained from hosting big family gatherings, made phone calls and video conference calls with family even though they lived nearby.
But a simple family visit to get a haircut claimed both of their lives.
According to CNN,
In late November Carol Bruno, came over to her son’s apartment with his sister so his sister could give him a haircut.
His sister, who works in a salon, prior to the visit had taken a Covid-19 test which came back negative and she also quarantined for three to four days.
His mother hadn’t been out much during the pandemic at all. Throughout the visit, which lasted about 40 minutes, the Brunos wore masks and avoided hugs, Bruno explained. They also made sure their mother sat next to the windows which they had opened as an extra precaution.
A day after the visit, Bruno’s sister started displaying symptoms. Mother and son started feeling unwell soon after.
Carol Bruno 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 on a ventilator.
Then, her husband who didn’t accompany his wife and daughter to see his son, started experiencing symptoms and was admitted to a hospital about two weeks after Thanksgiving.
A day after Mike Bruno was put on a ventilator, Carol passed away. Nine days later, two days before Christmas, Mike died.
Bruno told CNN affiliate ABC7,
“I think the thing that gives us peace is knowing that my dad didn’t know my mom passed away,”
Had I made that sacrifice and, you know, didn’t spend, you know, 30-40 minutes with my mom — they would still be here.”