30-Year-Old Texas Man Dies After Attending 'COVID-19 Party'

Monday July 13, 2020

A 30-year-old Texas man died after attending a so-called "COVID-19 party," a San Antonio hospital told the press this weekend, reported The Guardian.

"Just before the patient died, they looked at their nurse and said 'I think I made a mistake, I thought this was a hoax, but it's not,' " said Dr. Jane Appleby, the chief medical officer at Methodist hospital in San Antonio.

Dr. Appleby told the New York Times that she was sharing the story to warn others, especially in Texas, where coronavirus cases are surging.

"The new spikes in deaths are largest in the two most populous states, California and Texas," wrote BuzzFeed News on Saturday. "And while infectious disease specialists are hopeful that the number of deaths won't grow to match the carnage seen in New York State back in April, where the death toll peaked at around 1,000 per day, it's unclear how quickly deaths may rise in the worst affected states in the coming weeks."

COVID parties are "dangerous, irresponsible and potentially deadly," Dr. Robert Glatter, an emergency physician at Lenox Hill Hospital in Manhattan told the Times.

"Attending such a party may be a path to an early demise, if not chronic and unrelenting fatigue, chest pain, difficulty breathing and daily fevers, if you do survive," Dr. Glatter said.

"The basis for holding COVID parties, so the thinking goes, is similar to the concept of holding a 'chicken pox party' in order to get the disease and just 'get it over with,' in order to gain immunity," reports Forbes. "But the two diseases are quite different and 'getting it over with' likely holds a higher degree of uncertainty with respect to Covid-19."

While the number of COVID-19 parties may be exaggerated, the Times reported, citing that parties thought to COVID-19-related in Washington were more innocent gatherings. Nonetheless CNN reported "there young people in Alabama are throwing COVID-19 parties, a disturbing competition where people who have coronavirus attend and the first person to get infected receives a payout, local officials said.

"The parties are being held in Tuscaloosa, and infected people are urged to attend so others can intentionally contract the virus, City Council member Sonya McKinstry told CNN."

In a statement, the University of Alabama says in part, the university has been aware for weeks about rumors of COVID parties. After a thorough investigation, UA says it hasn't been able to identify any students who may have taken part in them.

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