28-year-old Atlanta man passed away from COVID-19 leaves final message about vaccines

An 28-year-old Atlanta man passed away from COVID-19 and had one last wish for more people to get vaccinated.

“That is his message: ‘Get the vaccine. Because I would hate for people to be like me,’” Brittany Wright, 25, of her 28-year-old husband Braderick Wright said. Wright died Saturday night.

Braderick was hesitant to get vaccinated, according to his wife. Brittany got her first shot last month and is still waiting to get her second shot, WSB-TV Channel 2 reports.

“He was deep into Tik Tok conspiracy theories and, for him, he just didn’t want to get (the shot),” Brittany said. “He didn’t trust the government.”

The couple both contracted the virus, however, Braderick was hospitalized on July 30. He reportedly had pre-existing conditions like diabetes and high blood pressure. Brittany was able to speak to her husband one last time before doctors had to intubate him.

“I told him I didn’t want to lose him,” she said. “I told him I loved him.”

A few hours later, he passed away.

“I’m 25. And I mean, I never expected to be a widow at the age of 25,” Brittany said. The couple dated for 5 years before they got married in December.

“I expected us to grow old together have kids, have grandchildren and just live the life, you know. But sadly, here I am today, planning his funeral.”

The family has since started GoFundMe to help with funeral expenses and bills.

“My husband was really, really goofy. He had an understanding life is always an adventure,” Brittany said. “We had trips planned, and now I don’t know what to do. He was literally the light of my world and that light is gone.”

Brittany will likely survive the contagion because she had one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

According to the CDC, 50.2% of the U.S. population has been fully vaccinated with 58.8% of the population at least receiving their first dose of the vaccine.

“When you get the overwhelming majority of the population vaccinated—and we don’t know what that threshold is—the virus will disappear, and then we won’t need to worry about it, at least in this country,” Dr. Anthony Fauci told USA Today over the weekend. “If you don’t do that, you will get a smoldering level of infection that will just go right into the fall, get confused with influenza in the winter, and then come back again in the spring.”

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