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Fri Aug 20, 2021, 07:24 PM

Beloved coach, teacher dies of COVID-19 at 36 despite being vaccinated

https://www.wsbtv.com/news/local/henry-county/beloved-coach-teacher-dies-covid-19-36-despite-being-vaccinated/TC2ZR4FNNBALZC5YJPX7UACYQU/

HENRY COUNTY, Ga. — A popular teacher and coach in Henry County died of COVID-19 despite being vaccinated.

Walter Kearse IV, who taught at Luella Middle School, was just 36 years old.

Channel 2′s Tom Jones talked to his wife, Quinyonia Kearse, who still believes everyone should get vaccinated.

Kearse said her husband called her from the hospital to tell her he had COVID-19.

“I said, ‘You’re vaccinated,’” Kearse said. “I know you can still get it but it’s not supposed to make you this sick.”

Walter Kearse died on Aug. 13. His wife said he tested negative for the virus three times before he went back to the doctor and finally tested positive.

While he was in the hospital, he posted a video to social media.

“COVID is real, y’all. Been here since Friday,” Walter Kearse said. “Fully vaccinated. Please man, take care of yourself. This thing is not fun.”

Days later, Kearse got the call that her husband had died.

Even though he was vaccinated, she is still urging people to get their shots.

I want people to get vaccinated. Wear your mask. Sanitize your hands. Stay six feet apart,” Kearse said.

Walter Kearse had some underlying health issues, but those had improved to the point that his doctor was weaning him off medication, his wife said.

She said she’s not sure where he got the virus."

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MisterNiceKitty Aug 2021 OP
Hortensis Aug 2021 #1
boston bean Aug 2021 #3
MisterNiceKitty Aug 2021 #4
Hortensis Aug 2021 #5
MisterNiceKitty Aug 2021 #6
cadoman Aug 2021 #2

Response to MisterNiceKitty (Original post)

Fri Aug 20, 2021, 07:33 PM

1. So tragic. NOTE: He reportedly tested negative 3 times!

How many times have we heard this?

If symptoms suggest you have it in spite of testing, get the monoclonal antibody treatment early and be ready to move to higher level of care if worsening anyway (hospital with open beds).

36. Damn!

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Response to Hortensis (Reply #1)

Fri Aug 20, 2021, 07:36 PM

3. I tested negative twice in one week. I was sick as a dog. They kept telling me I didn't have it

and wasn’t that great news. I am like everyone in my house has it confirmed via testing.

Finally third test PCR showed it as positive.

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Response to Hortensis (Reply #1)

Fri Aug 20, 2021, 07:43 PM

4. would a doctor recommend this treatment as a precaution?

Does this mean there are still issues with the reliability of the test?

This is very much a human story

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Response to MisterNiceKitty (Reply #4)

Fri Aug 20, 2021, 08:43 PM

5. As Boston Bean indicates. Competent clinicians are very aware of

false negatives and don't rely on them alone when patients have symptoms.

Another story: June 2020 I was admitted to the hospital for rule-out Covid with highly unusual pain in chest and with breathing and a positive D-dimer suggesting an embolism. I had a negative Covid test that, when I asked, supposedly had only about 2/3 reliability, but the hospitalist felt pretty confident in also ruling me out by his exams and my symptoms (in spite of the alarming D dimer for which a cause was never found). My difficulty and pain with breathing (my first-ever pneumonia with collapsed lung, coming out of nowhere) was different from his Covid patients' and his description of theirs all by itself made me very glad not to be one of them.

Speaking of, time to go for my second pneumonia vaccine, which is given a year after the first. Everyone should have flu and pneumonia vaccinations as well as Covid. If you're going to get Covid, it's extremely important not to get pneumonia or flu on top of it.

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Response to Hortensis (Reply #5)

Fri Aug 20, 2021, 09:37 PM

6. Stay safe out there (everyone)

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Response to MisterNiceKitty (Original post)

Fri Aug 20, 2021, 07:33 PM

2. not sure where he got the virus?

If you have any unvaccinated or non-masking friends I'd say that is the place to start looking.

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