‘We tousled. We let our guards down.” Dixon mentioned, in line with shut buddy Dr. David Thrasher. “Please inform everyone to watch out. That is actual, and in the event you get identified, get assist instantly.” Thrasher, a pulmonologist, shared Dixon’s final phrases with NBC News and added that Dixon was uncovered to the virus at an outside gathering hosted two weeks in the past. Whereas he was uncertain how many individuals attended, he confirmed that two different males who attended had examined optimistic.
Based on Thrasher, inside days of the gathering Dixon felt COVID-19 signs and as his situation worsened, he was positioned on a ventilator. His spouse, Gaynell Dixon, additionally examined optimistic and continues to be recovering. The couple has two daughters who additionally contracted the virus earlier this yr however recovered.
Dixon represented the Senate’s 25th District, which covers Montgomery, Ellmore, and Crenshaw counties. He served as a state senator from 1983 till his retirement in 2010. Previous to this, he was a member of the state Home from 1978 to 1982. Based on NBC Information, his demise got here as a shock to many people who labored with him, however those that knew him and thought of him the “most interesting human being” weren’t stunned that his final want was to stop others from struggling the destiny he did. “He needed to encourage individuals to watch out, put on a masks, do not socially collect,” Thrasher mentioned. “He mentioned, ‘Let’s avoid wasting lives.'”
Simply hours earlier than Dixon died, native information studies famous that Alabama set a file for hospitalization charges and new COVID-19 circumstances. Based on knowledge from the Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention, Alabama has reported nearly 270,000 circumstances of coronavirus and greater than 3,000 deaths consequently up to now. Whereas the governor has prolonged the state’s mask mandate to Dec. 11, she has not determined to close down any companies.
As people nationwide start to expertise the dire penalties of the coronavirus pandemic, they’re starting to appreciate the seriousness of the virus and issues healthcare officers have had from the beginning. Hospitals throughout the nation are reaching capability because the U.S. breaks information within the variety of circumstances it has seen. Throughout the final week, greater than 200,000 circumstances have been reported each day within the U.S., a rise of 17% from the nation’s common two weeks earlier, in line with The New York Times database. Regardless of surging numbers and warnings from healthcare professionals, People proceed to journey amid the vacation season, creating concern that circumstances will solely improve nationwide.
Moreover, the Trump administration continues to fail in its response to the pandemic and regardless of Donald Trump and his minions testing optimistic, it has constantly assured People the pandemic is nothing to fret about. As of this report, greater than 15 million individuals within the U.S. have been contaminated with the coronavirus and not less than 285,000 have died consequently, in line with The New York Instances database. Whereas a vaccine provides hope to people that circumstances will lower, the lack of the present administration to handle the pandemic has induced widespread demise and grief.
This present state of the pandemic will proceed and circumstances will rise till the suitable motion is taken. The virus impacts every particular person in numerous methods, but it surely’s nonetheless actual and lethal. Following security precautions shouldn’t be solely vital to guard ourselves however these round us.