A Czech folk singer has died after deliberately getting COVID-19 in an attempt to give herself more freedom.
Hana Horká, 57, was vocalist for the band Asonance. She refused to be vaccinated against coronavirus.
Instead, reports The Guardian, she voluntarily exposed herself to her vaccinated husband and son, who both contracted the virus before Christmas.
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“She decided to continue living normally with us and preferred to be affected by the disease rather than being vaccinated,” her son, Jan Rek, told public radio iRozhlas.cz this week.
The Czech Republic requires proof of vaccination or recent infection to enter many venues, including those where Horká’s band performed.
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Her son said she thought getting infected would allow her to perform with her band again and give her more freedom to move around the community.
According to the BBC, she wrote on social media two days before her death that she had picked up the virus but was recovering.
“Now there will be theater, sauna, a concert … and an urgent trip to the sea,” she wrote.
Sunday, the day of her death, her son told that she had been out for a walk when her back started to hurt. When she got home she decided to go to bed a bit.
“In about 10 minutes, it’s all over,” her son said. “She was strangled to death.”
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Rek told iRozhlas.cz that his mother was not a conspiracy theorist, but that she had listened to leaders of the anti-vaccination movement, and her decision not to be vaccinated was influenced by people spreading misinformation.
“I know exactly who influenced her … It makes me sad that she believed in strangers more than her real family,” Rek said. “It was not only total disinformation, but also views on natural immunity and antibodies acquired through infection.”
Rek said anyone who convinces another person not to be vaccinated has “blood on their hands.”
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