“The View” co-host Sunny Hostin revealed on air Friday that her in-laws, who were both physicians, have passed away from the coronavirus.
“We are in deep grief,” Hostin said.
Although she said her husband is “intensely” private, they decided to share the news from a public health standpoint.
Hostin urged viewers to take coronavirus precautions seriously, as her mother- and father-in-law were both “very careful” and still contracted the virus before dying over the holidays.
Our @Sunny Hostin reveals both of her in-laws have passed away due to complications from COVID-19: “We are in deep grief.”— The View (@TheView) January 8, 2021
“COVID is very, very serious—it is not a joke, it is not a hoax… I beg of you, social distance, wear your mask, wash your hands.” https://t.co/f8u2wbJuik pic.twitter.com/NSAj7FzJZf
“COVID is very, very serious,” she said. “It is not a joke, it is not a hoax.”
Hostin called on viewers to follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) recommended guidelines for virus protection, adding that despite contract tracing, it’s still not clear how her in-laws got the coronavirus.
She ended her message with a plea for the public to get vaccinated when they have the chance.
“We must do this together,” Hostin said.
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