Czech folk singer Hanka Horka dies after deliberately getting infected with COVID-19
Czech folk singer Hanka Horka has died of COVID-19 after intentionally getting infected with the virus.
Horka, a vocalist for the popular folk group Asonance, voluntarily exposed herself to the virus in order to obtain a health pass.
Both she and her husband tested positive before Christmas, according to her son, Jan Rek.
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“My mum wanted to get sick, so she gets the COVID pass,” Rek told CNN affiliate CNN Prima News.
“She said to me and even publicly she wants to get infected so she is done with COVID.”
The 57-year-old unvaccinated singer wanted a “recovery pass” so she could attend the theatre and a sauna in the Czech republic, the BBC reports.
A proof of vaccination or evidence of recent infection is required in the country to attend such venues.
When her husband and son came down with the virus, Horka did not isolate herself from them.
Instead she stayed close to her infected family members.
“She should have isolated for a week because we tested positive — but she was with us the whole time,” Rek told Prague Morning.
Horka was open about her plan to get infected, writing about her infection on Facebook.
“I survived … it was intense,” she wrote.
“So now there will be the theatre, sauna, a concert… and an urgent trip to the sea.”
Instead, she died on January 16, two days after writing the post.
Her son blamed the anti-vaccination movement for his mother’s death.
“I know exactly who influenced her,” he said.
“It makes me sad that she believed strangers more than her proper family.
“In about 10 minutes it was all over … She choked to death.”
The number of COVID cases in the Czech Republic reached a new daily high on Wednesday, with 28,469 cases reported in a population of 10 million.
Horka’s death comes as more and more people talk about deliberately getting infected – to the extent of hosting so-called “COVID parties.”
Last week, Australian epidemiologist Bruce Willett slammed the trend towards deliberate infection, saying it was a “really bad idea.”
The trend is being promoted by numerous TikTok influencers, who suggest contracting the virus deliberately speeds up the process and helps people avoid long periods of self-isolation.
In one social media video, a woman from Queensland purposely tried to get the virus by sharing her COVID-positive daughter’s glass of orange juice.
“When you’re COVID positive, and mum drinks your OJ to try and get COVID asap so we aren’t in extended iso,” the video’s caption read.
Influencer and former Big Brother contestant Tully Smyth also shocked her followers after announcing her decision to move in with her infected boyfriend, hoping to “catch it sooner rather than later”.
Royal Australian College of General Practitioners Queensland faculty chair Bruce Willett slammed the behaviour, telling 2GB the intentional sharing of COVID makes “no sense at all”.
“This sort of behaviour threatens to overwhelm medical services,” he said.
“They will get immunity to COVID but it’s not substantially better than getting the immunisation and at an extraordinarily higher risk.”
Tragically, Hanka Horka’s death appears to bear Willett’s comments out.