Gloria Pincu still coping with her loss

HARROWING EXPERIENCE: In the spring, Gloria Pincu and her husband, Daniel, tested positive for COVID-19. Both were hospitalized; tragically, only Gloria survived. Photo courtesy of Rachel Pincu-Singer

In July, Xpress spoke with Gloria Pincu about her experience recovering from COVID-19, as well as her grief over the loss of her husband, Daniel, who died of the virus on April 27.

Today, Pincu is back to hiking some of her favorite trails, including Bent Creek. Though the 80-year-old resident says she has physically recovered from COVID-19, emotionally she is still struggling with the events from spring.

“I am anxious,” she says, adding that she has trouble concentrating and often feels lonely.

Since her recovery, the only person she sees on a regular basis is her daughter, Elise Delfield. Pincu says she also finds solace in her phone conversations with members of her fellow congregants at the Jewish Secular Congregation of Asheville.

With COVID cases on the rise, Pincu echoes medical experts, encouraging people to “wear a mask, wash hands and social distance.”

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About Thomas Calder
Thomas Calder received his MFA in Fiction from the University of Houston's Creative Writing Program. His writing has appeared in Gulf Coast, the Miracle Monocle and elsewhere. His debut novel, The Wind Under the Door, comes out on March 23, 2021.

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