Heartbroken woman who lost dad, aunt and 2 uncles to Covid calls it a ‘sniper’

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A woman who has lost four close relatives to coronavirus says she wants people to take the virus seriously.

Sarah Ayers lost both her father and aunt during the first wave of the pandemic, and two of her uncles have died within days of each other in January.

Her close family haven’t even been able to comfort each other properly due to social distancing measures.

The healthcare worker says she is terrified of who the virus might take next.

“My dad was my world and I loved him so much,” Sarah told the BBC's Look North.

“It feels like Covid is a little sniper waiting behind the bushes waiting for my family to come outside and then it's going to get them," she said.

“I live in fear of what is going to happen next, who is going to get Covid next, who it’s going to take away from me.

“It’s just devastating.”

Sarah's father John Potter died aged 75 in April 2020 after testing positive for coronavirus, less than a year after walking her down the aisle at her wedding.

Just two weeks before on March 25, reports Grimsby Live, Sarah's aunt June Potter had died at the age of 81 .

Then in January, two of Sarah’s uncles, David and John Sharp, tested positive for Covid-19 and died within eight days of each other.

David was 62 years old and uncle John was 72.

Sarah travelled from Cleethorpes to Wiltshire for her father’s funeral, but the social distancing measures only increased the heartbreak.

“We had to stand around his grave separated," she said. "My mum stood there by herself absolutely heartbroken, and I couldn’t even hold her,” she said.

“There was no music, no celebration, no wake, no getting together and talking about him.

“The truly heart-breaking thing about it all is that we as a family are very close.

“I would give anything to be with my family right now, but I can't take that risk because I can't lose anybody else.”

Sarah said she is not looking for sympathy, but needed people to understand the impact of Covid on families.

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