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Weekend update: A coronavirus-denying influencer dies and more

Here's what you may have missed this weekend.

Oct 19, 2020, 8:46 am*

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Eilish O'Sullivan

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A ‘Karen’ refused to share an elevator with a Black man. She held the elevator doors open, waiting for him to leave. Here's what else caught our attention this weekend:

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  • Fitness influencer who ‘thought COVID didn’t exist’ shares final message on Instagram before dying
  • Leaked alleged texts between Joe Biden and son Hunter backfire on GOP
  • Coronavirus cases in most states are rising again; are we in the second wave of the pandemic?

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Fitness influencer who ‘thought COVID didn’t exist’ shares final message on Instagram before dying

Popular fitness influencer Dmitriy Stuzhuk died of the coronavirus at age 33, his ex-wife announced in an Instagram statement on Saturday. 

In his final post on the platform, earlier in the week, Stuzhuk issued a warning to his followers. 

“I was one who thought that Covid does not exist… Until I got sick,” he started his post. (Read the full report here.)

Stuzhuk is just one of several people we’ve seen use social media to warn others about the dangers of the coronavirus after previously downplaying it. 

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Travel vlogger Bald and Bankrupt went mysteriously inactive on YouTube after exploring no-lockdown areas in June. When he returned, nearly a month later, he shared with his subscribers that he was battling the coronavirus and urged them to avoid making the same mistakes he did. While he said he was on the verge of death, he luckily survived. 

And more recently, Chris Grailey, a 29-year-old man who previously thought the coronavirus was a "bullsh*t" conspiracy theory, posted a video from the ICU after becoming infected with it.

"I paid the price. I have got no underlying health issues,” Grailey said at the time. “I don’t want anyone making the same mistakes as me.” 

Grailey's current condition remains unknown. 

Catch up on more below.

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—Eilish O'Sullivan, news wire editor


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UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES 

Leaked alleged texts between Joe Biden and son Hunter backfire on GOP

The New York Post on Friday published alleged text messages between Joe Biden and his son Hunter detailing the family’s personal struggles—but instead of damaging the Democratic nominee’s chances of becoming president, the texts are receiving praise online. 

Read the full report here.

—Mikael Thalen, contributing writer

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Coronavirus cases in most states are rising again; are we in the second wave of the pandemic?

Ever since the coronavirus was declared a pandemic in mid-March, medical experts have been warning of an imminent second wave. Now, with cases on the rise in 40 states across the United States amid cooler weather, many are wondering if the second wave is already here. 

Read the full report here.

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—Stacey Ritzen, contributing writer


HERO/VILLAIN OF THE WEEKEND

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A woman who was seen in a viral video saving her wine instead of a baby from falling is either a hero or a villain, depending on how you look at it. Most people online, however, are praising the woman, with one pointing out that "kids bounce," but "broken glass sucks to get out of the carpet."

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*First Published: Oct 19, 2020, 3:00 am