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After Darrell Jones was rushed to the hospital in late April with shortness of breath and dizzy spells, his lifelong friend Cedric Hand didn’t think that much of it. Jones, 39, had struggled with chronic bronchitis in the past, Hand said, and his weight had made him prone to occasional bouts of illness. Above all else, Hand said, Jones had taken precautions to protect himself during the pandemic.

But when Hand, also 39, called to check on his friend at the hospital, he received a shock. Jones was on speaker phone with Hand when his doctor walked into the room and issued ... {click here for more}

Anatol “Tony” Surak’s death earlier this month came as a shock to his close friends and family, especially after the 90-year-old resident of a Maryland senior living facility had tested negative for the deadly coronavirus twice. 

But Surak, who had been diagnosed with pneumonia-like symptoms before testing positive for covid-19 just days later, died of complications that arose from the virus on June 1 at Adventist HealthCare Shady Grove Medical Center in Rockville. That shock, his family says, has never really worn off ... {click here for more}

The last time Warren Whitlock saw his mother face-to-face was March 11. It was the day before her assisted-living facility went on lockdown for the coronavirus.

A preexisting condition of his own kept Whitlock from spending time with her, even as her health declined, he said. Their time apart has been weighing heavily on him ever since, because his mother, Eileen Glover Whitlock, died almost two months later on May 2 of complications related to the coronavirus. She was 90.

A Black woman born amid the Great ... {click here for more}

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