A Texan in Their 30’s has Died After Attending a Coronavirus Party
For months, Doctors have worked hard to get people to take the coronavirus seriously. Their efforts, however, have been more effective in some places rather than others. The message has been increasingly difficult to get across to young people who are at less risk of dying from the illness.
Last week, it was revealed that students in Alabama had been throwing COVID-19 parties with a cash prize for whoever contracted the illness. These types of events are apparently being held in Texas as well. And this week, a Texas patient in their 30’s has died of the virus after attending one of these parties.
Dr. Jane Appleby treated the patient at Methodist Hospital in Houston. She spoke with News 4 San Antonio about the experience.
“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,” she said.
“One of the things that was heart wrenching that he said to his nurse was, you know, I think I made a mistake. And this young man went to a COVID party,” said Dr. Jane Appleby, Chief Medical Officer at Methodist Hospital. https://t.co/FX2e6ekTh4
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Dr. Appleby continued, “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.'”
The Chief Medical Officer ended her interview with words of advice. “It doesn’t discriminate and none of us are invincible. I don’t want to be an alarmist and we’re just trying to share some real-world examples to help our community realize that this virus is very serious and can spread easily.”
You can watch Dr. Appleby’s interview here