WFAA-TV (channel 8) reported that after a surprise birthday party in late May, members of 18 families in North Texas tested positive for COVID-19.
One of them went to the party without knowing that he was infected with the virus, resulting in the infection of seven relatives. The WFAA reported that the seven people subsequently became ill and spread the virus to another ten people.
“Only a few hours,” said Ron Barbosa, a family member who serves as a voluntary emergency medical technician. “But during that short period of time, 1
He told WFAA that he and his wife were doctors and did not attend the party due to concerns about COVID-19. Barbosa said that 25 people attended the party celebrating his daughter’s 30th birthday and stayed at different times.
“When people start to get sick, we really make everyone sick,” Barbosa said. “We know this is going to happen, this is our constant fear.”
Barbosa told FIFA that there are two children. Two grandparents; his sister has breast cancer; among the family members with the virus are his parents in their 80s.
He said that his parents and sister were hospitalized, but most of the family is recovering.
Barbosa said his sister feels better, but his parents are still fighting the virus. He said his mother has been in the hospital since June 13, and his father has been in the hospital since June 17, almost changing to a ventilator.
The family has been seeking plasma donations from people who have been infected with the virus and may have the COVID-19 antibody.
Barbosa said they could not donate plasma specifically for his father because the doctor told him that his father was short, but his family encouraged anyone who carried the COVID-19 antibody to donate.
He said: “If you recover, donate plasma.”