ALEC PETERS has logged a lot of “firsts” in the Star Trek fan film community. He was the first to raise more than a million dollars in crowd-funding for a Trek fan film project, he was the first to get sued by the studios, the first to survive such a lawsuit and reach a settlement agreement, and the first to set up an online store to sell merchandise based on original aspects of a fan film.
And now he’s the first well-known Star Trek fan filmmaker to test positive for COVID-19.
At this point, this is kinda “old” news. Alec first told me that he thought he’d caught the virus back on Sunday, July 5th. He’d had a 101-degree fever for two straight days and was feeling sicker than he’d ever felt before (although he never lost his sense of smell or taste). Alec explained that he’s generally healthy, and when he gets sick, symptoms typically don’t get too bad and pass pretty quickly. This felt different. And since it wasn’t flu season, Alec suspected by Sunday evening that he might have contracted the Novel Coronavirus.
It’s not that Alec hadn’t been careful. He wore a mask everywhere, washed his hands often, and social distanced. But Georgia is a pandemic hot-spot, currently 4th in the nation of 50 states in active COVID-19 cases with an average of 3,500 new cases per day for the month of July.
On Sunday evening, as Alec began to suspect that he’d contracted the highly infectious virus, he went to the CVS website to schedule a test and discovered that the earliest appointment they had available wasn’t until Wednesday. (What’s wrong with this picture, folks?) He booked it.
Meanwhile, Alec’s girlfriend CRYSSTAL HUBBARD, kept her distance from Alec while he isolated himself upstairs in his room. Fortunately, they have a five-bedroom house, so separation wasn’t difficult on a practical level. Going to work wasn’t an issue for Crysstal, as her job is at a night club, and those establishments were closed down at the time Alec got sick. In fact, Crysstal was furloughed for about 2-3 months total.
Although Alec announced through social media that he was “95% certain” that he had coronavirus (shortly before taking the test), I decided to hold off reporting it here on Fan Film Factor until the results were in. Alec was told to expect the results in about 6 days. (Again, what is wrong with this picture??? )
There was, of course, an outpouring of sympathy and well wishes from across fandom. And then, sadly, there were also Facebook posts like these…
In the meantime, Alec went through about five days of severe illness. He used a humidifier, took Acetaminophen for his fever, took lots of hot showers to soak up the steam, drank lots of hot liquids, and tried not to lie on his back (he slept on his side). And he forced himself to move as much as he could. He moved in bed, got up when he could, and moved around as much as possible. According to Alec, all of these things helped him recover.
By the end of the first week, Alec reported feeling much better. He was back to doing livestreams and was much more active. But the following two weeks still saw some challenges for him. According to Alec, “I had a lot more energy early in the day. But once evening hit, I was essentially useless. My body would just shut down completely.”
After three weeks, Alec at last reported feeling fully recovered…and that was when his COVID-19 test results FINALLY came in! There’s a website where people who have been tested can go, log in, and check their results. This past weekend, two and half weeks AFTER taking the test, Alec finally saw his results posted. And yes, he was positive. Based on the timing, he is also now beyond the two week window for being contagious, so let’s hear it for timely testing! (That’s the sound of sarcasm, of course.)
In the meantime, the Georgia night clubs opened up earlier on this month (for some insane reason, since Georgia cases are rising!), meaning that Crysstal could go back to work if she tested negative. Seeing Alec’s frustrations with the slowness of CVS, Crysstal opted instead to go through her local Piedmont Healthcare System, paid for her test 10 days ago, and got the results back three days later: negative. So hooray for that, and hooray for tests that actually give you the results in three days instead of three weeks.
In the meantime, let me end by just stating the obvious: this is NOT a hoax, my friends. Wear your masks. Wash your hands like you’re scrubbing in for heart surgery. And social distance…if not just for yourself, then for others and their loved ones. Don’t be like this guy from Texas, who believed that COVID-19 was a “scamdemic,” hosted a large house party on June 13, and then saw the virus spread to his friends, family, and even to himself (he wound end up needing to be hospitalized, as the virus attacked his central nervous system). On July 1, the mother of the man’s father-in-law died from the virus. In an op-ed appearing in a Dallas newspaper, the man wrote the following:
You cannot imagine the guilt I feel, knowing that I hosted the gathering that led to so much suffering. You cannot imagine my guilt at having been a denier, carelessly shuffling through this pandemic, making fun of those wearing masks and social distancing. You cannot imagine my guilt at knowing that my actions convinced both our families it was safe when it wasn’t.
For those who deny the virus exists or who downplay its severity, let me assure you: The coronavirus is very real and extremely contagious. Before you even know you have it, you’ve passed it along to your friends, family, coworkers and neighbors.
Please take this threat seriously. Already, one Trek fan series has postponed a scheduled filming date when one of their actors had a family member in their household test positive. Other fan films are proceeding just as carefully or else holding off on production until things are less uncertain.
The world has changed, folks, and sadly we can’t go back in time and fix that. So please don’t put your own life or anyone else’s life in danger by assuming that “normal” is possible right now. In most places, it’s not. But if we want to bring normal back, then right now, we need to all accept our responsibilities to ourselves, to each other, and to the rest of the world.
13 thoughts on “ALEC PETERS tests positive for COVID-19!”
Please pass along my respects to Alec and very best wishes for a speedy recovery.
We’re living in extraordinary times. We’re seeing the best of humanity, and at the same time the worst.
Thank you so much for posting such an impassioned and truthful assessment of the Covid situation to everyone.
It’s good to read Alec is recovered and the precautions EVERYONE needs to observe.
As someone who studied infectious disease dynamics and virology at university, this is certainly no hoax.
Covid is no longer a pandemic; it’s an ENDEMIC human infection and without an effective vaccine, it’s here to stay so treatment and PREVENTION are the path to survival.
To those that confuse constitutional freedoms that ignore social responsibility, I say “ how would you like to have surgery without medical staff wearing masks”?
Yes, you may be free to drive your car at 100mph into a wall; just don’t drive it into others.
WEAR A MASK and SOCIALLY DISTANCE yourselves.
This will be with us for many years, so respect the lives of others. ALL LIVES MATTER!
Thank you for bringing an officially verified report to us, Jonathan. I, for one, am very glad that Alec appears to have made a complete recovery. Many do not, sadly.
You are right: the COVID-19 virus is no joke and to minimize it is to give a green light to laissez-affaire attitudes and actions towards prevention. We are Star Trek Fans and Axanar Fans; we are a Family. Science is our way. We read and study the science and follow the scientific consensus. We act in the interests of ALL of us (The needs of the Many outweigh the needs of the Few or the One). To do otherwise is contrary to Gene Roddenberry’s vision of our future.
We have a very long way to go before this crisis is “over”, whatever that may actually mean. I am, however, reassured by (most of) the Star Trek fan community. The caring, love and desire to benefit all of us, displayed by this Family, is encouraging.
I don’t think anyone is unhappy that Alec made a full recovery (at least that I’ve seen). Things haven’t degraded so much that people are wishing death and disease and physical suffering on Alec. It’s just that some people didn’t believe him when he originally posted that he suspected he had Coronavirus and was “95% certain.” To their credit, most of that group did not take that stance, but more than a few did, so I included the screen cap as an example.
If you’re not wearing a mask in public you’re a selfish self-centered scumbag.
Language, Shane! And putting a mask on a scumbag is, if you think about it, kinda redundant. 🙂
I’m glad Alec has recovered given how many are having long-term problems and even apparently permanent disability from the virus.
I hope more people are waking up to taking this seriously and following medical guidance ignoring what politicians and a few oddball MDs are claiming.
Ok, he has recovered. When are the shorts coming out? 30 days?
Maybe Alec has immunity at the moment, but the other actors and crew don’t necessarily share those antibodies and T-cells.
You’re not really suggesting that Axanar start filming right now, are you, Edward? ‘Cause, dude, not even Hollywood productions are shooting at the moment! Sheesh…
Another excuse. Soon it will be ‘everyone got too old!’
You’re calling a global pandemic an “excuse”? Edward, you’re not one of those idiots who thinks this is all a hoax, are you?
I hope you’re not serious.
I’m sure he’s not being serious. Way too embarrassing if he were being serious.
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