After attending a “COVID party,” a 30-year-old patient in San Antonio, Texas died from coronavirus. At first, this person believed the virus was “a hoax.”
A “COVID” party” is a gathering hosted by someone diagnosed with COVID-19. The host invites people with the intention to see if the virus is real and if anyone could get infected.
Dr. Jane Appleby, the Chief Medical Officer of Methodist Healthcare, told NEWS4, “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.”
Appleby hopes that hearing the patient’s story could help people know that coronavirus could affect anyone.
Mass Gatherings & Spikes in COVID Cases
Several parties and gatherings in Texas have made headlines for sparking possible infections among attendees. A “Pong Fest” of 100-300 young people defied stay-at-home orders. Multiple people who attended the party tested positive for coronavirus.
On a smaller scale, a surprise party ended with 18 members of a single family testing positive for coronavirus. While they weren’t entirely sure that the infections came from the celebration, the timeline of symptoms suggests they were infected then. However, Texas isn’t the only state to see coronavirus cases stem from large gatherings.
Last month, a teen died from coronavirus complications after attending a church gathering of about 100 young people in Florida. She and others in attendance are believed to have contracted COVID-19.
“It doesn’t discriminate and none of us are invincible,” Appleby said. “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.”