Reid Hance’s widow wants the government and British Columbians to be more concerned about the virus.
The wife of a 46-year-old British Columbia man who died unexpectedly of COVID-19 at his home earlier this month is encouraging people to be aware of the disease.
Reid Hance, his wife Melissa, and their two young sons were diagnosed with the novel coronavirus earlier this month and were recovering at their Tsawwassen home.
“Super offensive,” Melissa Hance said of her husband’s cough. He didn’t have a fever, but he did have chills and seemed lethargic — “just not his usual, healthy self,” she told the media.
They met with a nurse on April 13 and made an appointment with a doctor. Reid was relaxing on the sofa when his wife kissed him goodnight and retired to her room.
He was dead the next morning. “I placed my hand on his arm and greeted him, but his arm was cold. I started shaking his arm and realized I couldn’t lift it, so I freaked out “Hance remarked.
His death still hasn’t hit me like a tonne of bricks. “What I have to deal with now and every day going forward is the fact that I didn’t say I love you… and I say I love you every night,” Hance said.
During the first year of the pandemic, at least 34 people in B.C. died at home from COVID-19, according to health authorities. Dr. Bonnie Henry, the provincial health officer, stated that there is no indication that it is occurring more often at this time.
Hance claims that her husband was a very involved person. His sons’ sports teams were coached by him, and the family enjoyed fishing and camping together.
Hance wants her family’s experience to serve as a warning to others who aren’t taking the virus seriously enough. She also wants the province to tighten healthcare regulations.
“I want to see them turn off all — I really do. I’d like to see them not only make suggestions but really follow through on them “she said