Hana Horká, from the folk band Asonance, died on Sunday at the age of 57 after deliberately exposing herself to the virus at home while her son and husband were ill, according to CNN affiliate CNN Prima News.
Horká wanted to infect herself so she could be “done with Covid,” her son, Jan Rek, told Prima News on Monday.
“I came here because the debate is very important and I want to warn people,” said Rek, who added that both he and his father had been vaccinated.
“My mother wanted to get sick so she gets the Covid passport,” Rek said. “She told me and even publicly that she wants to be infected, so she’s done with Covid.”
Rek said his mother received incorrect information about the virus “from her circle of friends.”
Horká “deliberately ignored some facts and comments that disproved her arguments,” Rek added. “She wanted to get sick on purpose,” he said.
“She lived by even sometimes unrelated information about health in general, but there has always been this underlying idea that nature will take care of everything and only we know ourselves best,” he said.
“It was somehow not extreme at home. She was always open to a choice and was not extremely opposed to vaccination,” Rek said.
Rek said he even agreed with some of his mother’s arguments, “like when we talked about preventative medicine, but once the pressure came to push, she built a thick wall around herself.”
Horká had shared postings from unvaccinated public figures on social media, and Rek was asked if he blamed these people for his mother’s death.
“I think so because these people have the power to influence, and I do not blame their ‘followers,’ but I do mind their status as authority,” he said. “I think there is the importance of communication even on their part and a form of self-reflection.”
The idea of deliberately trying to capture the Omicron Covid-19 variant is becoming increasingly popular, but doctors have warned against doing so.
“People talk about Omicron as if it’s a bad cold. It’s not a bad cold,” said Dr. Robert Murphy, Executive Director of the Havey Institute for Global Health at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago, Illinois. “It’s a life-threatening disease.”