A journalist and avid marathon runner, Anick Jesdanun, has died following problems of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). He was 51.

Jesdanun, who glided by “Nick,” was not an individual who can be thought-about excessive danger for the contagious respiratory virus, his cousin Prinda Mulpramook mentioned.

In truth, the Associated Press tech journalist was “the picture of health,” Mulpramook wrote in a Facebook submit on Friday.

“I wanted to honor Nick by sharing his COVID19 story as a way to spread the word and help save lives,” she mentioned. “Nick was the picture of health. He had no underlying health problems and would not be considered high risk by any means. This past November he ran his 83rd full marathon. In fact, he had run so many New York City Marathons (15!) he was now guaranteed entry for life.”

Mulpramook mentioned that originally, Jesdanun wasn’t sick sufficient to be within the hospital after testing optimistic for the virus, as a substitute staying “in his apartment in complete isolation.”

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After a few week of enchancment, Jesdanun went to the physician, Mulpramook mentioned, and “his lungs were clear, and all vitals were in good range.”

However, Jesdanun’s well being took a sudden flip for the more severe final Wednesday, Mulpramook mentioned. Jesdanun ended up within the emergency room within the early hours of final Thursday morning “with some breathing issues.”

Mulpramook wrote, “13 hours later we lost him.”

Mulpramook mentioned that out of a “range of emotions,” anger is what she is “feeling most.”

“Anger at all the people I see STILL not taking this virus seriously. All the people who think they are invincible, because they are young or healthy or arrogant,” she wrote. “What I wanted to do today was share a story of SOMEONE YOU KNOW PERSONALLY losing a family member to this virus.”

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“And it wasn’t a grandparent or even a parent. It wasn’t someone with underlying conditions. It was a brother who could literally run circles around you and me and not break a sweat. Nick had the strongest heart of any of us in the family, yet this coronavirus was able to take him away from us.”

“Please let your friends and families know — this is very REAL!!” she concluded. “And we all need to be taking the necessary precautions — not only to keep ourselves safe, but to keep EVERYONE safe. Love to all, especially Nick, who I already miss terribly. May he rest in peace.”

Risa Harms, one other cousin, informed the AP that working was “a life force” for Jesdanun, who ran 83 races throughout the globe, together with Antarctica.

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“He’s a doer. He’s not somebody who felt comfortable being a recreational tourist,” Harms informed the outlet in its obituary. “He visited a place and wanted to have something to do there. So he did a marathon.”

The AP is planning a digital memorial service for Jesdanun, whom the outlet credit as its first-ever web author.

“I feel fairly confident that there was nothing on his bucket list,” Harms added. “There was nothing he wanted to do that he didn’t have a chance to do.”

New York is at present the epicenter of the COVID-19 outbreak, with at least 138,836 confirmed circumstances and 5,489 deaths associated to the virus as of Tuesday.

Nationwide, there are at least 395,090 confirmed circumstances, with greater than 12,000 deaths associated to COVID-19.

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