Georgia couple dies of COVID-19 within hours

The couple, who had been married for 22 years, contracted COVID-19 in July and went back quickly. Her niece explains her family’s reluctance to get the vaccine and why they ultimately chose to have the vaccine.

A Georgia couple died of the coronavirus in a matter of hours, leaving behind two teenagers. Her loved ones in Hampton are now begging anyone who will listen to get the shot.

High school sweethearts Martin and Trina Daniel never missed their children’s soccer games.

“They went to all their soccer games every weekend,” said her niece Melanie Daniel.

“No matter where the games were, they were there. They (the kids) even came to our house a few times during the season,” she said.

The couple, who had been married for 22 years and lived in Savannah, believed they would catch a cold in July. They took over-the-counter medications and drank fluids.

“I got a call from his wife on the 6th,” recalled Martin’s brother Homer Daniel. “She said Martin was being worked on by EMTS and that he was probably gone.”

Daniel says his sister-in-law says Trina sounded a little out of breath on the phone, but the family didn’t expect another call saying she died too, hours after her husband and just days after she stayed home sick.

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Doctors say they both died from the coronavirus at a time when the Delta variant was starting to rise.

The Daniels say they don’t know how or where the couple contracted the deadly disease, but they are grateful that the children they leave behind have recovered.

“If at all possible, you have to take this picture,” said Daniel.

Loved ones say the couple were not vaccinated.

“Uncle Martin was a chemist,” his niece recalled.

“He went to Tuskegee so part of our hesitation is knowing what happened to the US Syphilis Study.

“But the problems with that and how quickly people die from the Delta variant, we’re very glad we made the decision to get vaccinated because our chances of being vaccinated or not being vaccinated are drastic,” she said .

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The couple leaves behind two teenagers – Miles and Marina.

Melanie Daniel and her husband are now their guardians, preparing to pay Miles’ College, Marina’s extracurricular activities, while juggling three young children of their own.

“It gives me something to make sure that they make their parents proud,” she said.

The family now hopes others will learn from their tragedy as they stick together for the future of the children.

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