Green told CNN’s Anderson Cooper on Monday that he sees himself as an example to others.
“We have to be an example, I think ess, be aware (what can happen in a small meeting),” he said. Six people later – Green, his partner and their parents – fell ill at the weekend event, while eight other members of their families were tested positive and brought to a total of 14.
Green, who lives in Texas, ended up in hospital and doctors saved him from a stroke. He was good in a few days.
His brother-in-law was admitted to the hospital and his health seemed to be improving. But he fell ill very quickly and he was on a ventilator for six weeks. He could not survive.
“He’s just gone. The world seems to have swallowed him up. We could only have 10 people at the funeral. I didn’t make that list,” he wrote.
One of the second Kovid cases was that of his uncle. She also died at the hospital.
Green feels guilty for hosting the meeting.
“The kind of feeling I have is, I would say if a drunk driver kills their family,” Green said. “It happened by accident. This is my house. It happened right here. So, you know there’s a sense of responsibility.”
Green said no one already knew who was ill when the family reunion took place, and that some may have acquired Kovid-19. He knew, some might still be dead. But he is still in charge due to the meeting.
He wrote in the post: “How many people would be sick if I never hosted that weekend? One? Maybe two? Du rief kham comes in waves, but that guilt sits.”
Green told CNN that people preparing for Thanksgiving or Christmas should take care of family time.
“Take a little extra care,” he said, recommending that events be held outside or in a spacious space if possible. But “if you’re worried about it, I’m not saying don’t worry about it. I think you have a reason to be afraid of it. I think maybe you should head off this year.”