But despite all their precautions, Walter and his father, John, both contracted the novel coronavirus, and after a 19-day battle in the hospital, John Walter died May 10.
On Sunday, Walter was one of nearly two dozen people directly affected by the novel coronavirus to mourn the more than 200,000 American who have been killed by the disease and push for a national plan for recovery.
They gathered on the grassy Ellipse just south of the White House and in proximity to the Rose Garden, where those attending President Trump’s announcement of his Supreme Court nominee flouted recommendations on wearing masks and social distancing. Trump and at least seven other people who attended the Sept. 26 ceremony have since tested positive for the coronavirus, and health officials fear even more cases could result from the event.
“It’s very important we get the message across that this is not a hoax