Man who claimed coronavirus is a government hoax changes his mind after he and his wife are hospitalized with disease – The Sun

A MAN who claimed coronavirus was a government hoax has changed his mind after being hospitalized with the virus.

Brian Hitchens, of Florida, said in April he didn’t think COVID-19 was a real concern, despite the growing US death toll.

“I thought it was maybe the government trying something, and it was kind of like they threw it out there to kinda distract us,” he told WPTV.

Hitchens, a rideshare driver, wrote in Facebook posts that he didn’t think the virus was serious — and said God was bigger than coronavirus would ever be.

“I'd get up in the morning and pray and trust in God for his protection, and I’d just leave it at that.”

“There were all these masks and gloves,” Hitchens told the news outlet. “I thought it looks like a hysteria.”

Last week, Hitchens was hospitalized at the Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center with coronavirus.

"I don’t want to see anyone go through what I went through," Hitchens said, adding he doesn’t want people to experience what he has.

“This wasn’t some scare tactic that anybody was using. It wasn’t some made-up thing,” Hitchens said.

“This was a real virus you gotta take seriously.”

Hitchens said his wife was also hospitalized after testing positive, and as of last week, was using a ventilator to breathe.

"My wife’s on a ventilator,” he told WPTV. “It’s been like that for three weeks, and it’s tough.”

As of Wednesday, Hitchens said both he and his wife were still in the hospital.

In Florida, more than 44,000 people have reported having coronavirus and nearly 2,000 people have died from it.

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