April 02, 2020
NFL agent Buddy Baker lost both his parents due to the coronavirus. Previously in "perfect health," the couple died within minutes of each other after suffering complications of the disease.
Buddy Baker's parents passed away six minutes apart on Sunday after being in good health only a few weeks ago. Taking to social media, he shared the sad news with his followers in a short video clip.
The NFL agent said that his "amazing" parents had been married for over fifty-one years, and the tragic loss had Buddy reiterate the importance of following self-isolation policies as set out by the authorities as he said:
"The CDC and all regulatory bodies make suggestions about what we should do, I’m not sure everyone understands the importance.”
The Exclusive Sports Group CEO hopes that by sharing his story, it can be "the catalyst for a change," and urged people to wash their hands regularly and to practice social distancing when its unavoidable to go out.
Being an NFL agent is just one of Buddy's many responsibilities. In addition, he also helps draft the NFLPA agent licensing exam and is one of 15 agents that serve on the NFL Players Association advisory committee.
According to reports by The New York Times, the latest case count showed that as of April 2, the number of confirmed cases in the US rose to 214,461, while the death toll quadrupled over the past week and now stands at 4,841.
The database also revealed that the number of fatalities in the US now exceeds that of mainland China, where the virus reportedly originated in December last year.
On February 29, the first fatality due to the coronavirus occurred in the US in Washington state. By March 26, the number of deaths topped 1000, and on March 31, that number had tripled.
The numbers worldwide are climbing quickly, as well. With 877,422 confirmed cases, the global deaths have risen to 43,537, PEOPLE reports.
The coronavirus also caused the Governor of Connecticut, Ned Lamont, to share "heartbreaking" news that the state suffered its first pediatric fatality.
Sharing the sad news on Wednesday, Governor Lamont said that a six-week-old baby passed away after suffering complications due to the coronavirus.