A doctor from Texas shared the story of a 30-year-old patient who died after allegedly attending a "COVID party." The patient said he regretted thinking COVID-19 was a "hoax."
Throughout the country, coronavirus cases continue to spike in hot spots around the United States. On July 12, the state of Florida set a record with 15,299 new cases in one day.
Today reported that Dr. Jane Appleby, chief medical officer at Methodist Healthcare in San Antonio, wanted to share the story to warn people that the virus should be taken seriously.
She begins by explaining the premise of "COVID parties." "This is a party held by somebody diagnosed by the COVID virus, and the thought is to see if the virus is real and to see if anyone gets infected," Dr. Appleby said.
Dr. Appleby said just before the patient died, they looked at the nurse and said that they had made a mistake. The patient shared that they thought it was a hoax, but it was not.
The doctor did not release any more details about the patient who tested positive for COVID-19 and later died. However, she did issue a warning while San Antonio, Texas continues to see spikes in new cases.
On July 10, the city of San Antonio reported that Bexar County had a total of 18,602 cases and 166 deaths. The city also shared that it saw 923 new coronavirus cases that day.
While cases still continue to spike, this isn’t the first state to report a “COVID party.”
Officials in Tuscaloosa, Alabama say some students are purposefully trying to infect each other by throwing “coronavirus parties.”
According to Tuscaloosa City Councilor Sonya McKistry, party organizers are intentionally inviting COVID-19 infected guests to gatherings in a disturbing contest to see who can catch the virus first.
The party-goers are also reportedly putting money into a pot with the intent of giving it to the first person to test positive for the novel virus.
"They put money in a pot and they try to get COVID. Whoever gets COVID first gets the pot. It makes no sense," McKinstry said. "They're intentionally doing it."