A WIDOW has opened up about her husband's death after he killed himself and claimed that "Covid infection warped his brain."
Dad-of-two Ben Price, 48, killed himself in Morris, Illinois, on February 28 – weeks after he tested positive for Covid-19.
His distraught wife Jennifer insists that Covid affected her husband's mental health and ultimately killed him.
She told WGN-TV: "He would have never left us. Our Ben would never have left us. And that’s what we want to get out. He was not our Ben."
Price, a business owner, contracted coronavirus after riding in a car with others to Bible study, his wife said.
Jennifer Price said said her husband spent four days in hospital with lung and oxygen issues before returning home "a different man."
She added: "He would just pace through the house and repeat things. And it wasn’t even in his normal tone of voice. It was a very different tone.
"He was very scared. He just kept repeating, 'I’m sorry, I’m just so scared.'
"He would stare out the window and just worry about things that weren’t even happening."
Although Price was prescribed medication to calm, he committed suicide 16 days after his diagnosis.
Jennifer Price, who is sharing his story in a bid to warn others about Covid's impact on mental health, added: “I knew about Covid brain fog and depression and that sort of thing. And we never expected him to not come back 100 percent within a few days.
Medical experts believe believe Covid-19 can cause mental health problems in some patients and so far the research has been focused on transmission and treatment.
Infectious disease expert Dr Emily Landon said: "There’s just emerging literature about the sorts of neurologic and cognitive issues and even emotional and psychiatric issues as part of a Covid infection.
"In other words: There are a lot of reasons to not get Covid."
You’re not alone
SUICIDE is the 10th leading cause of death in the US, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Leading Causes of Death Report from 2018.
There were "more than two and half times as many suicides" in the US than there were homicides, according to the report.
For people ages 10 and 34, suicide was the "second leading cause of death" and the fourth for individuals ages 35 to 54.
Suicide is a vital health concern in the U.S. It affects all genders, races and ages.
This is why The-Sun.com launched the You're Not Alone campaign.
The campaign calls on readers to discuss their mental health issues with their family, friends and health professionals. We can all pitch in to help out others who may be suffering and help save lives.
If you are struggling to cope, you are not alone. There are many free and confidential programs in the US aimed to help those who are struggling with their mental health.
If you or someone you know is struggling with mental health problems, these organizations are here to provide support:
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org, 1-800-273-TALK
- Crisis Text Line, www.crisistextline.org, Text HOME to 741741
- Veterans Crisis Hotline, www.veteranscrisisline.net, 1-800-273-8255
- Trevor Project, www.thetrevorproject.org, 1-866-488-7386
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