Athletes, priests and politicians: 9 public figures who didn’t take the coronavirus seriously and then got infected themselves

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Since the onset of the coronavirus crisis, some politicians, athletes, and celebrities either didn’t take COVID-19 seriously, dismissed it, or even blamed it on gay people.

They refused to wear face masks, joked about the virus, or threw large parties despite health safety restrictions. But it was the infection that had the last laugh, and several of the high profile doubters, deniers, and anti-maskers ended up getting ill.

Here are nine public figures who tested positive for COVID-19 after they didn’t take its threat seriously or even denied it.

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1. Tennis player Novak Djokovic tested positive for COVID-19 after hosting a controversial tennis tournament in June.

Novak Djokovic and his wife announced they tested positive for COVID-19 on June 23, shortly after hosting a controversial tennis tournament in eastern Europe.

The event, which Djokovic organized and involved several other professional players, was mostly void of any coronavirus restrictions.

Social distancing was not enforced in the stands, face masks were rare, and players mingled freely, regularly exchanging hugs and handshakes.

Besides Djokovic and his wife, two coaches and at least three prominent players also tested positive for the virus.

Indeed, Djokovic revealed that he does not believe in vaccines in April and would be reluctant to take one for COVID-19.

“Personally, I am opposed to vaccination and I wouldn’t want to be forced by someone to take a vaccine in order to be able to travel,” the world’s top-ranked male tennis player said, according to The Guardian.

“I have my own thoughts about the matter and whether those thoughts will change at some point, I don’t know,” he added.

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In his autobiographical cookbook “Serve To Win,” Djokovic previously expressed his faith in the form of alternative medicine known as “applied kinesiology.”

2. Former GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain, who had been skeptical about wearing masks, died after contracting the virus.

The former Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain died on July 30 after he was hospitalized with COVID-19. He was 74 years old.

The day before Cain was hospitalized, he tweeted in support of the Trump campaign’s decision not to require masks at an Independence Day celebration at Mount Rushmore.

Cain said in a now-deleted tweet: “Masks will not be mandatory for the event, which will be attended by President Trump. PEOPLE ARE FED UP!” 

Cain suggested that vaccine skepticism was justified in another tweet because the government and the media had “incinerated their credibility.” 

It is not clear how Cain contracted the virus. 

3. Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro, who repeatedly belittled the threat of coronavirus, tested positive for the virus on July 8.

From the onset of the pandemic, Brazil’s president Jair Bolsonaro downplayed risks of what he called the “little flu,” according to the BBC.

Bolsonaro opposed local lockdowns, accused the media of spreading panic, and continuously railed against “dictatorial” measures, such as wearing face coverings.  

Before testing positive for the virus on July 8, the Brazilian president attended several public …read more

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