"You don't want to end up like me": Man shares an important message with fellow Americans as he fights for his life

"You don't want to end up like me": Man shares an important message with fellow Americans as he fights for his life

"He's a good guy. He has a good heart," says Daniel, who shared the video of Stacey begging everyone to wear masks as he battles COVID-19.

There are so many people we know that chose not to wear a mask amid the pandemic owing to several reasons and Chuck Stacey is one of them. "I'm claustrophobic and the masks were so hard. I wanted to wear one but would have panic attacks," he told Business Insider. The 50-year-old man managed to dodge his fate for only so long, until he was hospitalized with COVID-19 last week. He reportedly wore a face shield when he went out or met with clients, according to his friend Daniel Uhlfelder.


Stacey, who repairs computers and provides IT support to his clients, never wore his shield when he went to restaurants. The day after Christmas, he began experiencing body pains and fatigue, symptoms of COVID-19. He knew what was happening to him, and so decided to get tested just to confirm his doubts. A few days later it got so bad that he had to go to the hospital. "I believed this was just the flu, that it was all going to go away, that it was political. I didn't think a mask would help," Stacey said in a video he recorded at the hospital on Monday morning.

"You don't want to end up like me. I'm having trouble breathing. I may have to be intubated if I get any worse," Stacey added. He then asked his friend Daniel to share the message on Twitter so he could warn people about the dangers of not wearing a mask.

Daniel shared the video with a message: "My friend didn’t wear a mask because he believed the lies from our leaders. Now, he’s close to being intubated. He asked that I share this. Wear a mask!"


His wife tested positive too, and they're not sure who gave it to the other person. But she is, unlike Stacey, recovering at home. "Bad on some days but not like me," Stacey said. He then warned that if someone is claustrophobic, then they should "get help" so that they can wear a mask. "If wearing a mask can reduce your chances of getting this, even by 5%, just wear a mask. Do it for your children, for your loved ones. Do it for yourself," he said in the video.

The fact that Stacey contracted the virus despite his choice to wear a shield instead of a mask shows just how much difference it makes to actually wear a mask. Shields protect the eye more than the mouth area, while masks form a seal around the mouth and nose. It not only helps you from getting infected, but also helps other people from being infected by you in case you're a carrier. Daniel, an attorney, has spent a lot of time trying to get people to understand the importance of wearing a mask.


He claims he's even argued with Stacey about it. "It just seems like the masks become so political. People feel like if they wear a mask they're not supporting the president. It's just wrong," he said. Stacey, meanwhile, said that he "listened to the wrong people say the wrong things." However, Daniel says, "He's a good guy. He has a good heart," of Stacey. "It's very difficult to watch someone you know going through this." The latest updates show that Stacey's condition is improving and he's finally able to breathe better. 

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