A hardworking firefighter has tested positive for the novel coronavirus days after one of the teens who taunted him sneezed in his face on purpose.
The incident occurred in Brooklyn, New York, where 33-year-old Omar Sattar had been inspecting a hydrant at the Borough Park.
According to the report sent to the chief of the Fire Department of the City of New York by Lt. Kasey Koslowski, “three Hasidic Jewish teens” had approached the Muslim firefighter before taunting him by asking “if he was afraid of the coronavirus.”
“After repeated attempts to keep distance from the boys, one of them sneezed into his face and they ran off,” the letter read as reported by the New York Post.
Following 4 days after the attack, Mr. Sattar, whose father was found guilty of “soliciting crimes of violence” against Jews back in 2005, started developing coronavirus symptoms. On March 27, the firefighter’s Covid-19 test came back as positive.
In the letter sent to the FDNY chief of operations, Koslowski admitted that they can’t be sure whether the teens’ attack led the firefighter to contract the killer virus or not.
However, he also pointed out that there is a “continued lack of disregard by the citizens … for the state of emergency policy.”
“Although we will not be able to tell if this positive COVID-19 test result is a direct outcome of the previous incident, what we do know is the continued lack of disregard by the citizens of Park for the state of emergency policy,” the letter added.
“In a time when personal space and social distancing is at an all-time high, it is going to take a cumulative effort from everyone to defeat this virus, including the residents of Park.”
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