The widow of a Detroit bus driver who died after posting a video online criticizing a passenger for not covering her cough, has pleaded with the public to stay home amid the cororonavirus lockdowns.
Jason Hargrove passed away in Michigan – one of the country’s COVID-19 hotspots – shortly after the video was widely shared online when it resonated with fellow frontline workers.
On Monday his mother-of-six wife begged others to save more families despair by staying indoors.
‘I promise you, you do not want to be the person sitting right here right now trying to make funeral arrangements for your loved,’ Desha Johnson-Hargrove told ABC News. ‘Please, people, I’m begging you. I am begging you. Do not let my husband’s death be in vain.’
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‘I am begging you. Do not let my husband’s death be in vain,’ Desha Johnson-Hargrove (left) said about her late husband Jason Hargrove (right)
The late man’s Facebook profile boasted an image of him wearing a mask and the writing that stated: ‘I cannot stay home, I’m on the road 4 you.’
In the eight-minute-long clip, the father was seen in distress while explaining the incident after it had occurred.
‘It was about eight or nine people on the bus and she stood there and coughed and never covered up her mouth,’ Mr Hargrove said.
‘We out here as public workers trying to do our job, trying to make an honest living, trying to care of our families, but for you to get on the bus and stand on the bus and cough several times without covering your mouth — and you know that we are in the middle of a pandemic — that let’s me know that some folks don’t care.’
The video posted March 21, has been viewed over 700,000 times.
The woman does not appear in the video and it is not confirmed how he contracted coronavirus.
Throughout the coronavirus pandemic, experts have advised that that COVID-19 can spread via respiratory droplets in a cough or sneeze. The public has also been urged to keep hands clean, wipe down surfaces regularly and more recently to wear a mask and gloves where possible.
The late man’s Facebook profile boasted an image of him wearing a mask and the writing that stated: ‘I cannot stay home, I’m on the road 4 you’
Their daughter Darmone, 26, said that her father was ‘there for other citizens’ and ‘did not deserve this’ adding that what happened was ‘so hurtful’
After recording the warning to other still having to go out on a daily basis to earn a living, Hargrove returned home upset by the incident.
‘When he came home, he was so distressed, he got out of the clothes — it bothered him so bad,’ she recalled. ‘He talked about it. He just kept saying, “Baby, I’m so mad.” And I just kept trying to calm him down. And I’m just like, “It’s going to be O.K.”‘
The widow said he husband feared going to work every day knowing there would be some public interaction.
Their son Darshawn emotionally added: ‘In the end he wasn’t alright.’
Their daughter Darmone, 26, said that her father was ‘there for other citizens’ and ‘did not deserve this’ adding that what happened was ‘so hurtful’.
In a public appeal, recorded via video, the mother begged her community to listen to orders that have been put in place to ensure safety.
‘I am pleading with everyone if you do not just have to be out. Please obey your orders,’ Mrs Hargrove said. ‘This is not a game out here. This is not a joke out here. I am missing my husband, and my children don’t have their dad anymore. This is serious.’
Detroit city promised drivers more routine cleaning and advised them to enter and exit from the rear door only as a means of avoiding contaminated surfaces. They also eliminated fares so they did not have to have direct contact with passengers
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Detroit city promised drivers more routine cleaning and advised them to enter and exit from the rear door only as a means of avoiding contaminated surfaces. They also eliminated fares so they did not have to have direct contact with passengers.
The changes happened on March 17, a day after drivers declined to work as a protest against conditions.
Mayor Mike Duggan advised people in the city to watch Hargrove’s video.
‘Everybody in Detroit and everybody in America should watch [Hargrove’s Facebook live video].
‘Because he was infected before we closed the front doors and he tells the story of a passenger getting on the bus and coughing on him, and, some of his language is graphic, but I don’t know how you can watch it and not tear up.
‘He knew his life was being put in jeopardy – even though he was going to work for the citizens of Detroit every day – by somebody who just didn’t care.
‘Somebody who didn’t take this seriously. And now he’s gone,’ Duggan said.
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DO FACE MASKS MAKE A DIFFERENCE AND WHAT SHOULD YOU WEAR IF YOU CAN’T GET ONE?
Americans are increasingly being spotted wearing face masks in public amid the coronavirus pandemic, as are people are around the globe.
Soon, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) may advise all Americans to cover their faces when they leave the house, the Washington Post reported.
The agency is weighing that recommendation after initially telling Americans that they didn’t need to wear masks and that anything other than a high-grade N95 medical mask would do little to prevent infection any way.
FACE MASKS DO HELP PREVENT INFECTION – BUT THEY’RE NOT ALL CREATED EQUAL
Research on how well various types of masks and face coverings varies but, recently, and in light of the pandemic of COVID-19, experts are increasingly leaning toward the notion that something is better than nothing.
A University of Oxford study published on March 30 concluded that surgical masks are just as effective at preventing respiratory infections as N95 masks for doctors, nurses and other health care workers.
It’s too early for their to be reliable data on how well they prevent infection with COVID-19, but the study found the thinner, cheaper masks do work in flu outbreaks.
The difference between surgical or face masks and N95 masks lies in the size of particles that can – and more importantly, can’t – get though the materials.
N95 respirators are made of thick, tightly woven and molded material that fits tightly over the face and can stop 95 percent of all airborne particles, while surgical masks are thinner, fit more loosely, and more porous.
This makes surgical masks much more comfortable to breathe and work in, but less effective at stopping small particles from entering your mouth and nose.
Droplets of saliva and mucous from coughs and sneezes are very small, and viral particles themselves are particularly tiny – in fact, they’re about 20-times smaller than bacteria.
For this reason, a JAMA study published this month still contended that people without symptoms should not wear surgical masks, because there is not proof the gear will protect them from infection – although they may keep people who are coughing and sneezing from infecting others.
But the Oxford analysis of past studies – which has not yet been peer reviewed – found that surgical masks were worth wearing and didn’t provide statistically less protection than N95 for health care workers around flu patients.
However, any face mask is only as good as other health and hygiene practices. Experts universally agree that there’s simply no replacement for thorough, frequent hand-washing for preventing disease transmission.
Some think the masks may also help to ‘train’ people not to touch their faces, while others argue that the unfamiliar garment will just make people do it more, actually raising infection risks.
If the CDC does instruct Americans to wear masks, it could create a second issue: Hospitals already face shortages of masks and other PPE.
WHAT TO USE TO COVER YOUR FACE IF YOU DON’T HAVE A MASK
So the agency may recommend regular citizens use alternatives like cloth masks or bandanas.
‘Homemade masks theoretically could offer some protection if the materials and fit were optimized, but this is uncertain,’ Dr Jeffrey Duchin, a Seattle health official told the Washington Post.
A 2013 study found that next to a surgical mask, a vacuum cleaner bag provided the best material for a homemade mask.
After a vacuum bag, kitchen towels were fairly protective, but uncomfortable. Masks made of T-shirts were very tolerable, but only worked a third as well as surgical mask. The Cambridge University researchers concluded that homemade masks should only be used ‘as a last resort.’
But as the pandemic has spread to more than 164,000 people worldwide, it might be time to consider last resort options.