Man who said 'coronavirus is a hoax' changes his mind from hospital bed

A man who claimed coronavirus was a hoax by the government has changed his mind after being rushed to hospital with the disease.

Brian Hitchens previously said he didn’t think the pandemic was real, stating ‘God is bigger than this virus will ever be.’

But Brian and his wife have both since been hospitalised after contracting coronavirus, and he is now urging people to take it seriously.

Speaking from his hospital bed, Brian told WPTV : ‘I thought it was maybe the government trying something, and it was kind of like they threw it out there to kinda distract us.’

Back in April, Brian, a rideshare driver from Florida, played down coronavirus on social media, despite tens of thousands of people being killed across the US.

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He wrote: ‘I’d get up in the morning and pray and trust in God for his protection, and I’d just leave it at that.

‘There were all these masks and gloves. I thought it looks like a hysteria.’

Brian now does not want anyone to ‘go through what I went through’, as he recovers at the Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center.

He said his wife has been on a ventilator for three weeks, adding ‘It’s tough. It’s sad.’

The couple are unable to see each other and Brian said on Wednesday that he is unsure when they will be discharged.

He wrote on Facebook: ‘This wasn’t some scare tactic that anybody was using. It wasn’t some made-up thing. This was a real virus you gotta take seriously.’

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