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Man who dismissed Covid-19 and then survived it says he is an example for doubters

October 13, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

For months, Tony Green was skeptical that the threat of Covid-19 was real. Then he hosted a small family gathering in June where everyone got sick.

(CNN)For months, Tony Green was skeptical that the threat of Covid-19 was real.

Then he hosted a small family gathering in June where everyone got sick.

Green told CNN's Anderson Cooper on Monday that he sees himself as example to others.

"We have to be the example to, I guess, bring awareness (of what can happen at a small gathering)," he said.

After all six people -- Green, his partner and their parents -- at the weekend event got sick, eight more people in their families tested positive, bringing the total to 14.

Green, who lives in Texas, ended up in the hospital and doctors saved him from a having a stroke, he said.

In an essay for the Washington Post, Green wrote that there was no goodbye.

Green carries guilt for hosting the get-together.

"The feeling that I have is kind of like what, I would say, a drunk driver would have if they killed their family," Green said.

Green said no one knows who was already sick when the family had the get-together and some people might have still gotten Covid-19.

He wrote in the Post: "How many people would have gotten sick if I'd never hosted that weekend?

Green told CNN he would tell people who are preparing for Thanksgiving or Christmas to approach family time with care.

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