COVID-19 Parties in the U.S.
It is difficult to believe that people, in several states, are having “COVID-19 Parties.” This is a gathering where people, testing positive for the virus, are invited to a party, as are people who do not test positive. There are two primary reasons sponsors give for throwing these parties: 1. to test if the coronavirus is for real, 2. to collect money to enter the party; the first person to test positive for the virus, as determined by a doctor, wins the “pot” or the money collected. One unidentified attendee, a 30-year-old man, attended a COVID-19 party in San Antonio, Texas. The event was intended to test the validity of the virus. He later ended up in Methodist Hospital in San Antonio, Texas. It was reported that the patient told his nurse, “I think I made a mistake (by attending the party). I thought this was a hoax, but it’s not.” The patient has since died. Not only did this man die, but chances are other party attendees were also infected.
COVID-19 Parties Very Challenging
During the last few weeks, it has been reported that these parties have been held in different cities in different states. College students have been organizing COVID-19 Parties in Alabama. One unidentified student said, “The aim behind such parties is quite simple: whoever gets infected first, wins the prize money.” The students intentionally invite infected patients so they can infect others. These parties are happening in Alabama, particularly around Tuscaloosa, where the state is reporting rising infections. Tuscaloosa City Councilor Sonya McKinstry told ABC News that students have been organizing these parties to infect each other intentionally. McKinstry said, “They put money in a pot, and they try to get COVID. Whoever gets COVID first gets the pot. It makes no sense. They’re intentionally doing it.” She said, “officials want to prevent such parties, although the task is very challenging. The students are blatantly disregarding guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. When you’re dealing with the mind frame of people who are intentionally doing stuff like that and they’re spreading it intentionally, how can you truly fight something that people are constantly trying to promote?”
COVID-19 Parties In Other States
Parties were reported in the County of Walla Walla in Washington. Officials say some of the nearly 100 cases in that region appear to have been intentionally spread or infected at the COVID-19 parties. The Washington Department of Health reported that they had been receiving reports of coronavirus parties where “uninfected people are mingling with #COVID19 positive individuals intentionally to try to contract the virus. Bad idea! This is dangerous and puts people at risk for hospitalization or even death.” Kentucky reported one case in the state that had been tied to such a party. Sandy Cox, the mayor of an Austin Suburb, said that “high schoolers had held a very large party just outside her city. Since then, a number of those who attended have tested positive for COVID-19.”
Denial Of COVID-19 Parties
There are “nay-sayers” that these parties have not happened. They are saying there is no hard evidence that even a single party has been given. They are blaming it on recurring, unsubstantiated media coverage. However, there is one reported death, the man saying he had attended such a party before he died, and doctors reporting they have diagnosed patients as COVID-19 positive and the patients saying they had attended such a party. It isn’t easy to understand what additional proof is needed. It is up to each individual to make their own decision about these COVID-19 parties.
One death has been reported, and doctors have indicated they are treating patients who acknowledged they attended COVID-19 parties. I am convinced parties are being held.