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Within 2 Days, His Dad and His Son Were Dead of COVID

Pennsylvania man shares his story
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 6, 2021 3:25 AM CDT
Updated Oct 6, 2021 7:05 AM CDT
Pennsylvania Man Loses Dad and Son to COVID Within 2 Days
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(Newser) – Within a span of about 36 hours, a Pennsylvania restaurant owner lost both his father and his son to COVID-19. Alan Collins Sr., who was almost 72 and was triply vaccinated, died at a Pittsburgh hospital Sept. 28, Alan Collins Jr. tells CNN. Collins' son, Alan David Brown Sr., died the following day. The 35-year-old father of four was not vaccinated, his dad says. The two will also be buried one day apart, WPXI reports.

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While Brown also lived in the Pittsburgh area, grandson and grandfather did not live together, and Collins, who is vaccinated, says it was a coincidence both got infected around the same time. Brown was infected after his young son came home from school with the virus, WTAE reports. Collins' dad was a kidney transplant recipient, which Collins believes may have made him more vulnerable to COVID despite having gotten a booster dose of the vaccine after his initial two doses.

As for Brown, his widow says he changed his stance on the vaccine after he got sick: "People need to put their masks on," she says. "People need to get vaccinated." A GoFundMe campaign set up for her and the couple's four children has raised nearly $20,000 so far. (Read more COVID-19 stories.)

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