California Man Publicly Regrets Attending BBQ With Friends, Dies One Day Later

July 2, 2020
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A California man passed away from COVID-19 one day after openly regretting not following safety guidelines. 

According to CNN (via PEOPLE), Thomas Macias attended a BBQ with friends just outside of Los Angeles last month. On June 18, he tested positive for coronavirus and wrote a heartfelt Facebook post two days later admitting to his "stupidity" for putting loved ones in harm's way. 

NBC News shared a screenshot of his post, which reads: 

"Some of you know, but most don't. I f---ed up and went out a couple of weeks ago and I contracted the corona virus. Monday I tested for it and it was confirmed on Thursday. Because of my stupidity I put my mom and sisters and my family's health in jeopardy. This has been a very painful experience. This is no joke. If you have to go out wear a mask and practice social distancing. Don't be a f---ing idiot like me. Thank you to all my friends that have brought me food, and to everyone who has been there for me. Hopefully with God's help I'll be able to survive this. Love you all."

Shortly after the BBQ, one of Macias' friends reached out to him to let him know that he had coronavirus. This friend was initially unaware he had it when he attended the gathering, as he was asymptomatic. 

Macias' brother told CNN that before attending the BBQ, he'd been very good about following safety guidelines like social distancing since he had diabetes, which put him at an increased risk of contracting the virus. But, feeling isolated and missing his friends, he made the decision to go to the BBQ. 

Please keep in mind that wearing a mask is mandatory in the state of California if you're around people, and there are very few exclusions to this rule. Businesses are having to close again because many Californians are not taking this seriously, and that's why we cannot have nice things sooner. Please do your part to stop the spread of coronavirus and WEAR A MASK.