A 30-year-old Texas man died of the novel coronavirus after attending a “COVID-19” party hosted by an infected person.
Jane Appleby, chief medical officer at the Methodist Hospital in San Antonio, said the man thought the virus was a hoax, despite it killing more than 135,000 people in the United States so far.
“Someone will be diagnosed with the disease, and they’ll have a party to invite their friends over to see if they can beat the disease,” Appleby said on Sunday.
“One of the things that was heart-wrenching that he said to his nurse was, ‘You know, I think I made a mistake.’
“He thought the disease was a hoax. He thought he was young and invincible and wouldn’t get affected by the disease.”
“They don’t look really sick. But when you check their oxygen levels and their lab tests, they’re really sicker than they appear,” she said, calling on people to take the virus seriously.
The United States is by far the world worst affected in terms of the number of infections and deaths.
According to worldometer tally, the United States has reported 3.413 million cases including 137,782 deaths.
The sudden spike in the number of young infections in the United States over the last month or so has been due to COVID-19 parties.
Several young people are throwing COVID-19 parties where the people who have the virus attend and the next person who contracts the virus receives a payout.
The weird trend of exposure at a party and winning money from ticket sales was first struck down as rumors by authorities. But later when infected young people showed videos of COVID-19 parties to hospital staff leaving authorities astonished.