Zach Braff spoke up about the loss of his friend Nick Cordero to the coronavirus after President Donald Trump made a statement saying, “The virus affects virtually nobody” — and now people are responding to Braff’s tweet with their own personal stories of those who they lost to the virus, putting names to the “nobodies” that died.
Trump’s statement was made during a rally in Vandalia, Ohio, as the nation was hitting the grim milestone of 200,000 deaths by COVID. “It affects elderly people, elderly people with heart problems and other problems,” he said. “It affects virtually nobody. It’s an amazing thing.”
This one hurts when you lost a best friend. Zero empathy.
He puts the id in idiot. https://t.co/iGoPlh1ELA
— Zach Braff (@zachbraff) September 22, 2020
Braff, who experienced the death of his close friend, who was just 41 years old, responded to the clip on Twitter writing, “This one hurts when you lost a best friend.” A follower then wrote, “I’ve lost 3 ‘nobodies’ to COVID-19.”
Anybody else lose a “nobody” ?
— Zach Braff (@zachbraff) September 22, 2020
The actor responded to ask, ”Anybody else lose a ‘nobody’?” on Tuesday afternoon. As of Wednesday, the tweet has 179 replies, most of which highlight the death of a friend or family member from the coronavirus.
2 “nobodies” so far with two more currently hospitalized 😢
— Raychal (@raychalzot) September 22, 2020
🙋🏽♂️ Grandmother. Will never forget her struggling on a ventilator . . . while I could only listen on the phone.
— Chad Tamborini (@TamborCJ) September 22, 2020
A friend and a good man I work with passed away last night from covid. Our last text exchange was about a ceviche recipe he tried out and recommended to me. He was a big foodie and always had a new restaurant adventure to tell me about. I’m very sad he’s gone. And angry.
— Jeremy Weaver (@waning_poetic) September 22, 2020
My two 13 year old step sisters lost their father. He started the EMS in our county and worked at the VA in Louisville for 20+ years saving lives. He fought for a month and half and left behind a huge family who misses him daily. pic.twitter.com/XKgYwvHCkM
— Austin Wenger (@AustinWenger18) September 22, 2020
This wonderful man and decorated veteran once filled with love and life died of CoVid-19 alone in a small rehab hospital away from his family. He was the 30th victim in that hospital (but far from the last). pic.twitter.com/sXXHYEuXFM
— Skinnykneez (@SkinnyKneez) September 22, 2020
Amanda Kloots, Cordero’s wife, also responded to Trump’s comments via Instagram story. “And to all the families that have lost someone to this awful virus I am with you. I cry everyday because this virus affected my husband. My person. It does affect people and our people’s people,” she wrote. “This one really hurt.”
The widow, and mother to the couple’s 1-year-old son, Elvis, was also featured in The New York Times on Tuesday, where she spoke about the deep impact that the virus has had on herself, her son, her friends, family and even her Instagram followers, for whom she chronicled the difficult, months-long journey of Cordero’s illness. She even touched on the country’s response to the virus, and how being better prepared might have led to a different outcome for many.
“Yeah, sure. I mean, we weren’t prepared. I think anyone working in the hospital would say that, and I’m not even trying to get political. I’m just saying, were we prepared for the pandemic? No. Did we have the information to be prepared? I don’t know, and I’m not even going to go there,” she told the publication. “But we should have been prepared better, and I do think that if we were, it could have made a difference in a lot of people’s lives, not just Nick.”
Aside from the lives lost, one of Braff’s followers also responded to his tweet to shed light on the countless other ways that the pandemic has truly affected everyone.
It’s not even only the ones that died or lost a loved one. It affects EVERYONE. People’s depressions get worse, people lose their jobs, their homes, their companies, they can’t meet their partners or grandchildren. It affects EVERYONE
— KiKu (@KiKu_Kuchen) September 22, 2020
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