Alvaro and Sylvia Fernandez died hours apart on December 19 due to complications of Covid-19. They were in love since they were fifteen.
Alvaro, 44, and Sylvia Fernandez, 42, from California passed away on December 19 hours apart due to Covid-19 complications, reports KNBC. They were together since high school and were married for 25 years with four children. Salvador Fernandez, Alvaro's brother, says, "My brother and my sister-in-law, they were very close. They were high school sweethearts. They've been together since she was 15." He adds, "One couldn’t live without the other." They tested positive for COVID 19 a couple of days before their tragic death. Alvaro had several health complications like diabetes which contributed to his unstable condition after catching the virus, per PEOPLE.
Unvaccinated high school sweethearts die of COVID on the same day https://t.co/UkGXkvjG70— The Daily Beast (@thedailybeast) December 31, 2021
Their family has created a GoFundMe to help their children financially after the death of their parents. The page talks about the loving relationship Fernandez couple had, "Their love story began as High School sweethearts at the tender age of fifteen. Their love grew over the years as their family grew, adding amazing children to their lives (Emily, Daniel, Destinee, and Nicholas). This great love story sadly ended hours apart from each other." It is a tragic incident for the four children who they have left behind as they lost both their parents in a single day. The organizers of their GoFundMe page wrote, "Destinee and Nicholas are only 17 years old. This will be a loss felt for a very long time."
“This is kind of an eye-opener for everybody in my family that whoever is not vaccinated definitely should have their vaccinations.” https://t.co/vtj1pkH1Cf— NBC 7 San Diego (@nbcsandiego) December 31, 2021
Both Alvaro and Sylvia were unvaccinated and doctors believe that may have contributed to their health complications. Alvaro's sister, Alma Hernandez said, "He wanted to wait and do more research. He Googled information. He didn’t want to believe everything that was on the news." Hernandez added, "This is kind of an eye-opener for everybody in my family that whoever is not vaccinated definitely should have their vaccinations."
Covid-19 cases have sky-rocketed in the country in the past couple of weeks. The recent spike has been linked to the highly infectious Omicron variant and has increased the urgency of enhancing vaccination rates across the country. The San Bernardino County of California, where the couple lived, has had 383,700 COVID cases up until now. Cases like the Fernandez couple should make us look at the adversities the pandemic has brought upon us. It should encourage people to complete their vaccinations and take all the precautions possible in order to save lives.
Cover Image Source: GoFundMe | Alvaro & Sylvia's Memorial & Family Support