Curt Carpenter Alabama anti vaxxer who called COVID a hoax dies from the virus as the man’s mother now urges people to get vaccinated.
Curt Carpenter died on May 2, after spending 51 days in the ICU at Grandview Medical Center in Birmingham, Alabama.
‘I know that if Curt had survived, he would have made sure everyone knew how serious this disease is, and how important the vaccine is,’ his mother, Christy Carpenter of Pell City told the Montgomery Advertiser. ‘My daughter and I are now carrying out that mission in his memory.’
Prior to contracting the virus, Carpenter said she, her son, and her daughter had been hesitant to get vaccinated because of how quickly a vaccine became available. She added that Curt didn’t take the virus seriously until he was hospitalized in March.
Along with Curt, Christy and her daughter were all diagnosed with COVID-19 in March. Christy was in the hospital for eight days and is still on oxygen according to the mother.
Alabama ranking last in the US for overall vaccination rates
‘Curt thought COVID was a hoax and did not take it seriously, until he could not breathe without the oxygen. The same day he was put on the ventilator, he told us, ‘This is not a hoax, this is real,” Christy told the Montgomery Advertiser. ‘If we can encourage people to get the vaccine, and if we can save just one more life, it’s all worth it. If Curt were here today, he would be doing that. We feel we need to honor his memory and do the same.’
Christy said Curt was overweight but had no other pre-existing conditions that would put him at increased risk for a serious case of the virus.
‘It’s very difficult, especially when it’s a young person who had no health issues,’ Christy said of his her son’s death. ‘It’s what COVID does to the body. It’s a horrible, horrible, horrible illness.’
The news comes as Alabama ranks last in the US for overall vaccination rates. No county in the state has reached 40 percent coverage, according to Alabama Department of Public Health data on the percentage of residents who have completed their vaccine.
Amid the state’s low vaccination rates, Albama’s public health officials are urging people to re-consider getting the vaccine.
‘How much more information do we need to say that we can do this in Alabama?’ Dr. Karen Landers, Assistant State Health Officer for the Alabama Department of Public Health, told reporters last week. ‘We have vaccine that is readily available, it’s free, it’s safe, it can be given at any time. What else can we do? We’ve done everything we need to do, and these trends are not looking good. We could be in a really bad spot within a couple of weeks.’
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Rochelle Walensky has said that recent case surges in the country have been driven by people who have not received the vaccine.
‘This is becoming a pandemic of the unvaccinated,’ Walensky said earlier this month.
Currently, around 99.5 percent of COVID-19 deaths and 97 percent of hospitalizations in the US are among unvaccinated Americans, health officials said.