The “Tiger King” is willing to go out on his shield. According to a letter addressed to his lawyers, Joseph Maldonado-Passage aka Joe Exotic is afraid of catching COVID-19 in jail but if he does catch the virus he’s willing to die.
In a bizarre letter, Joe Exotic claimed he has already signed a waiver that would prevent medical staff from placing him on a ventilator or life support.
“Filled out an advance directive to not be put on a ventilator or life support if I get COVID,” he wrote, according to TMZ.
Joe Exotic added that inmates at his facility are “dropping like flies.” So far, 12 deaths in the facility have been linked to COVID-19 with 58 inmates and 27 staff members currently being positive.
There has been a strong rate of recovery, however.
In the meantime, Joe Exotic continues to hope that Donald Trump will listen to his plea for a presidential pardon.
The coronavirus mainly comes from animals and a majority of those who were infected early either worked at or frequently visited the Huanan seafood wholesale market in Wuhan, according to The Guardian. The virus is similar to Severe acute respiratory syndrome (Sars) and Middle Eastern respiratory syndrome (Mers).
The Wuhan coronavirus is transmitted from person to person through “droplet transmission.” That means an infected person can pass the virus by sneezing or coughing on another person as well as by direct contact.
While a majority of the cases have been detected in the United States and China — with more than 19.4 million confirmed cases and 336,000 deaths in the United States — it has now reached many countries around the world. It has also been confirmed in Italy, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, and many other eastern countries.