It is an oversight which will forever haunt him.
"I'm left in this world today."
As India stems from the darkest days of this outbreak, households throughout the nation are grieving all that they have dropped and so are left wondering when more could have been done to avert this tragedy.
Additionally, there are indications that the virus isn't done catastrophic India's households as as fresh infections are down, tens of thousands are still dying daily and the disease is thought to be spreading undetected in regions without access to testing.
Ruby Srivastava dropped her family in one week in April. First her mother and dad to the virus. Then her brother into a motorcycle collision. And eventually her grandma to jolt.
The 21-year-old is left coping with all the insurmountable pain along with the questions she asks herself.
She wonders whether things could have been different if her daddy, a government employee in Lucknow, had not been called out to assist hold local elections in their nation of over 200 million individuals.
Health experts had cautioned against holding the surveys. Fearing the virus, a number of the thousands and thousands of government employees arranged to help out had begged not to proceed. However, the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party's authorities in Uttar Pradesh state insisted that the vote would proceed as planned.
For four days, over 1.3 million applicants fought for almost 800,000 chairs. Tens of millions voted because the virus spread .
In the days which followed, dozens of authorities workers who worked the surveys would perish. One teachers union said 1,600 teachers alone were murdered, many complaining of fever and breathlessness.
Srivastava wonders what could have occurred if her dad's superiors thought him hadn't denied his requests for sick leave until eventually he glanced at his workplace and was shipped home.
She wonders if her dad might have been saved had gotten better therapy in the hospital that they took him before determining they'd treat him themselves in the home.
In the height of this spike, Indian hospitals were overrun and life-saving oxygen and drugs were in short supply.