Teacher ‘dies of Covid-19’ after collapsing on Zoom in front of students

A university lecturer died of suspected coronavirus after gasping for air during a live zoom class streamed to students.

Horrified classmates watched on as their teacher, Paola de Simione, struggled to breathe mid-lecture.

De Simone, 46, taught politics and international relations at the Universidad Argentina de la Empresa in Buenos Aires.

The lecturer had been delivering a class live-streamed to students via Zoom on Tuesday when she started having respiratory problems.

A video of her collapsing was widely shared on social media, Mail Online reports.

She died on Wednesday in hospital, local media reported.

According to local media, horrified students were so concerned for their teachers health they begged for her address so they could call an ambulance.

But the professor responded “I can’t”, according to media sites Clarín and MDZ.

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De Simone had spoken on social media about experiencing Covid-19 symptoms at the end of August.

She said her husband, a doctor, was exhausted and that she had been symptomatic for four weeks.

She wrote: “It is very complicated. I have been here [with the virus] for more than four weeks and the symptoms do not go away.

“My husband is exhausted from working so much at the moment.”

The teacher continued to work via live streamed lectures despite feeling the effects of the killer virus.

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Her university has expressed its “deep sorrow” at her death.

A statement read: “Paola was a passionate and dedicated teacher, and a great person."

One student paid tribute to the teacher on Twitter.

She wrote: “That she encourages you in all your projects, that she teach you more than what the schedule indicates, that she knows how to share the laughter and make you feel like a colleague. There are few teachers like Paola De Simone.

“Pao, you leave such a big mark. Much strength to your family and friends.”

As of yesterday, Argentina has more than 462,000 coronavirus cases and at least 9,623 fatalities from the virus.

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