Amanda Kloots, a fitness influencer and Broadway performer whose 41-year-old husband died of COVID-19 in July, responded to President Donald Trump's recent tweet urging Americans not to fear the disease with a powerful message for other families whose loved ones have died.
Kloots's husband, Broadway actor Nick Cordero, died of COVID-19 complications after a 95-day hospitalization, during which his leg was amputated. Kloots documented her husband's experience on her Instagram account, becoming one of the most prominent faces of the impact of the disease on American families.
Since Cordero's death, Kloots has continued to share with her more than half a million Instagram followers how she and her young son, Elvis, are coping with being just one of the families irreparably changed by the virus, which has killed more than 210,000 Americans.
On Monday night, Trump tweeted about his experience with the virus after leaving Walter Reed Medical Center in Maryland. He told Americans that they should not "be afraid of Covid."
"Don’t let it dominate your life," he wrote.