Michelle Zymet revealed she had repeatedly requested her stepson to wear a mask at all times and avoid going out with his friends during this pandemic.
A father in Florida was left to fight for his life after contracting COVID-19 from his son who ignored the advice of his parents' to stay home and carelessly went out to meet his friends. 42-year-old John Place had to be hospitalized and is currently in the intensive care unit at Westside Regional Medical Center. For over two weeks, he has been on a ventilator and it was because his 21-year-old son went out with his friends one night, contracted the respiratory virus, and infected his whole family.
21-year-old brought home coronavirus, dad on ventilator now - Florida mom #MichelleZymet shares what it’s like to have her entire family test positive for coronavirus & her husband hospitalized on a ventilator fighting for his life. #WearAMask via @CNN: https://t.co/ZvDDIZUlwU— Liz H. Kelly (@lizhkelly) July 14, 2020
Place, a resident of Plantation, was the only one in the family who required critical care. While others recovered, the father had to be admitted to hospice care after suffering four days from fever and a cough that just wouldn't go away. It's been nearly three weeks since he has been in the hospital, reports Daily Mail. Michelle Zymet, Place's wife, revealed she had repeatedly requested her stepson to wear a mask at all times and avoid going out with his friends during this pandemic. "He always assured me, 'Don't worry, mom. I'm doing everything right, relax, chill.' You know how these kids are, so I trusted in him," she told WSVN.
Don't be SELFISH! You might disagree with wearing a face mask, but your failure to do so could lead to the death of your loved ones. Florida mom (Michelle Zymet) found this out the hard way.— "Innovation is a constant thing." - Jack Welch (@PENNYVA757) July 16, 2020
More than 138,000 Americans have now died from COVID-19 & still many think it's a joke. pic.twitter.com/DRV3ldsnKK
Zymet continued that she had begged him to be careful at least for the sake of his father, who is at a higher risk of developing severe symptoms as he is diabetic and overweight. But her pleas fell on deaf ears as the boy, who has not been named, went out with his friends one night in June against the wishes of his stepmother. He ate and drank and of course had to remove his mask in order to do so. Then days later, he developed cold-like symptoms, and one of his friends who had been out with him that day had tested positive for coronavirus.
Hombre lucha contra coronavirus tras contagiarse por su hijo: MIAMI (AP) — Durante semanas, Michelle Zymet le suplicó a su hijastro que no saliera con sus amigos y que siempre utilizara una mascarilla. https://t.co/YUnO9nJX38 pic.twitter.com/qt1tfy7sqx— Americateve (@Americateve) July 16, 2020
By then the contagion had already spread to the other members in his family. "You let your guard down just one time, it's all it takes. You come home, and you infect the entire house," said Zymet. A recent surge of cases in young Floridians was something that authorities have been dreading as could potentially infect older and more vulnerable people in their family. "They don't necessarily listen. It could be peer pressure," added Zymet. "Maybe they think, 'None of us are sick. We are fine.' They don't understand many of us are asymptomatic and are positive carriers of the virus," she explained.
“[My son] went to someone's home. There was a few people there and I'm sure they were eating, drinking and they felt it was fine to take the mask off. No one seemed to be sick,” says FL mom Michelle Zymet.— CNN Newsroom (@CNNnewsroom) July 14, 2020
Now the whole family has Covid-19, and the father is on a ventilator. pic.twitter.com/S1ynSSW2iv
When the boy first experienced cold-like symptoms, he initially thought it was common cold and consumed over-the-counter medication to treat his symptoms. Then his friend had tested positive for COVID-19 and he still didn't think he was infected. Soon his members began falling ill one by one and it began with his 14-year-old brother, who is also overweight and began coughing, wheezing, and feeling lethargic. Then his six-year-old sister fell sick but she only had a runny nose. His stepmom had chills, fever, and was very achy. Unfortunately, his father's condition kept deteriorating while his family's improved.
@ChrisJansing Thanks for your interview with Michelle Zymet, such a powerful story and, yes, she should be applauded for telling her family's story to @MSNBC's audience. This example should get everyone's attention. Also appreciate your kind wishes to her — heartfelt & so true.— Trailrunner Dave (@TrailRunDave) July 14, 2020
Due to the illness, Place could no longer tend to his photo booth business so Zymet's friends created a GoFundMe page to raise funds for the family. According to Daily Mail, Zymet was called an "awful mother" and "evil witch" for blaming her stepson for the family's health condition. But the strong mother thought it was important to share their story to discourage other youngsters from the mistake her stepson made. "You’re not invincible. This is not a joke. This is a deadly, devastating disease that is affecting millions of people across the world. You need to listen and understand that you got to take the necessary precautions, Just wear the mask. At least wear your mask and try to wash your hands as often as you can," she added.