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A TikTok of a man criticizing people who aren’t vaccinated and people who “don’t think Covid exists” has gone viral, with the clip amassing 4 million views since being posted earlier this month.
The video was posted by TikTok user @speakthetruth101, whose username is Jason Arena, on Thursday August 5. In the clip, Arena says his wife, who is currently receiving treatment for stage 4 breast cancer, was discharged from hospital earlier than she should have been, saying, “there was no room left in the hospital because of Covid.”
He suggested in the clip that “99%” of the people currently receiving treatment for Covid-19 at the hospital his wife was being treated in are unvaccinated. According to Arena’s GoFundMe page, he and his wife are based in Moorseville, North Carolina — although he doesn’t specify which hospital they are receiving treatment in. Data analysis by The New York Times suggests that 0.5% of patients needing hospital treatment for Covid-19 in North Carolina are fully vaccinated.
“I took my wife in to get some fluid drained as she was having some pain. She was in there for two days but honestly, she should have stayed there for maybe two more,” Arena said in the TikTok.
He then went on to say that “on the third day instead of draining her fluid, they had to discharge her because they had no room left in the hospital.”
Arena criticized people who are not vaccinated and those who are skeptical of the existence of the virus for “running to the hospital and putting everyone at risk.”
“If you really believe that Covid’s not real, and you really believe that you don’t need to get the vaccine that is your right,” he said. “I’m not gonna argue with you about that.”
“But what I am gonna argue with you about is you running to the hospital once you get the virus. If you don’t trust the medical field to prevent you from getting it, why do you trust them to cure you from it?”
He continued, “People like my wife who actually need medical help for a chronic disease get kicked out of the hospital because your dumb a– too stupid to go and get a vaccine shot.”
Arena concluded the video by saying, “If you really believe Covid is not a big deal, prove it. Stick to your guns, keep your a– at home and f—ing deal with it.”
As well as reaching 4 million views on TikTok, Arena’s clip also amassed 4 million views on Twitter after it was re-shared by writer Travon Free with the tweet, “I’m here for this.”
With nearly 46,000 followers, Arena is a regular poster on TikTok. He usually posts clips discussing his wife’s condition or sharing his opinion about the pandemic and other related issues.
Arena has also launched a GoFundMe to help fund his wife Marilyn’s treatment for cancer. The campaign has raised more than $33,000 of a $100,000 goal.
Arena did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.