Czech singer Hanka Horka dies after deliberately catching COVID-19

Czech singer Hanka Horka dies after deliberately catching COVID-19

After she thought she recovered, Horka wrote: “Now there will be theatre, sauna, a concert,” according to BCC News. Rek said his mother got infected on purpose when he and his father had the virus, so she could get a recovery pass to access certain venues. But soon after, she was getting dressed for a walk and felt her back hurting. She went to lay down and in “about 10 minutes it was all over,” her son said. “She choked to death.”

“She should have isolated for a week because we tested positive. But she was with us the whole time,” Jan Rek said of his mother’s deliberate exposure to the virus.  Hanka Horka/Facebook

In the Czech Republic, many public places like theaters and bars require either proof of vaccination – or proof of recovery from recent infection, according to BBC News. Hanka Horka, 57, was a popular Czech folk singer who deliberately caught COVID-19 has died, her son told BBC News. Horka was not vaccinated and caught the virus from her son and husband, who are vaccinated but still caught it over the holidays.

Rek said discussing the issue with her got too emotional. He hopes sharing the story helps others choose to get vaccinated, BBC News reports. “If you have living examples from real life, it’s more powerful than just graphs and numbers. You can’t really sympathize with numbers,” Rek said. COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention urges people who are eligible get the vaccine as soon as possible. “Millions of people in the U.S. have received COVID-19 vaccines under the most intense safety monitoring in US history,” the CDC says. Horka did not believe in conspiracy theories about COVID-19 vaccines, although she was not vaccinated herself, her son said. “Her philosophy was that she was more okay with the idea of catching COVID than getting vaccinated,” Rek said. “Not that we would get microchipped or anything like that.”

Rek also posted about the anti-vaccine sentiments that appear to have lead to his mother’s death. “You took away my mom, who based her arguments on your convictions,” he wrote, according to the New York Times. “I despise you.” Horka was a member of folk group Asonance. The band announced her death on their website. CBS News has reached out to the band for comment and is awaiting response.

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