Czech coronavirus vaccine folk singer dies after being deliberately infected with Covid-19, son says

By Radina Gigova, CNN

A Czech folk singer who objected to the idea of ​​having a coronavirus the vaccine died after deliberately contract the virus, according to his son.

Hana Horká, of folk group Asonance, died Sunday at the age of 57 after intentionally exposing herself to the virus at home while her son and husband were sick, according to CNN affiliate CNN Prima News.

Horká wanted to infect herself so she could “be done with Covid,” her son, Jan Rek, told Prima News on Monday.

“I came here because the debate is very important and I want to warn people,” said Rek, who added that he and his father had been vaccinated.

“My mum wanted to get sick so she gets the Covid pass,” Rek said. “She told me and even publicly that she wants to get infected so she’s done with Covid.”

Rek said his mother was getting incorrect information about the virus “from her social circle”.

Horká “purposely ignored certain facts and comments that refuted his arguments,” Rek added. “She wanted to get sick on purpose,” he said.

“She even lived unrelated to general health information at times, but there was always this underlying thought that nature will take care of everything and only we know ourselves best,” he said. .

“It wasn’t sort of extreme at home. She was always open to choice and was not extremely against vaccination,” Rek said.

Rek said he even agreed with some of his mother’s arguments, “like when we talked about preventative medicine, but once the pressure came, she built a thick wall around herself.”

Horká had shared posts from unvaccinated public figures on social media, and Rek was asked if he blamed those people for his mother’s death.

“I think so because these people have the power to influence and I don’t blame their ‘followers’ but I do care about their authority status,” he said. “I think there’s importance for communication even on their end and a kind of self-reflection.”

The idea of ​​intentionally trying to catch the Omicron variant Covid-19 is growing in popularity, but doctors have warned against it.

“People talk about Omicron like a bad cold. It’s not a bad cold,” said Dr. Robert Murphy, executive director of the Havey Institute for Global Health at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago, Illinois. “It’s a life-threatening disease.”

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