Eddie and I followed the stay home order, never visiting anyone. We only went to the store for groceries but we wore masks even before the order. I carried sanitizer in my purse and we thought we were being extra cautious.”

So begins the heartbreaking post from Ana Gonzalez Guzman about her and husband Eddie’s battle with the coronavirus that ends with the unexpected loss of her husband.

Originally, I was going to recap her tragic tale, but then I read Robert Moore’s account on his non-profit local news website, El Paso Matters. I could never tell it better than he does. There’s a reason why he was editor of the El Paso Times for many years, and a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize this year.

I also realized I could never communicate the heartbreak as well as Ana does in her Facebook post. So I encourage you to read both. Ana’s post is embedded below, and Moore’s article, titled "For El Paso family devastated by COVID-19, being careful wasn’t enough," can be found by clicking HERE.

And I, like Ana, encourage you to wear a mask when you’re out in public. I know, I’m not a big fan of them either. My breath gets hot, it steams up my sun glasses and if I’m being honest, I feel silly wearing one. But I don’t put it on for me. I know it’s to protect others and sometimes you have to put selfish wants aside for the greater good.

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