Just recently, a 30-year-old patient died after attending a COVID party. This specific gathering is an attempt where people would test if the virus is real.
This party happened in San Antonio, Texas, and according to Dr. Jane Appleby, the Chief Medical Officer of Methodist Healthcare, the young adult admitted that they intentionally attended a ‘party’ with an infected person believing that the virus was fake or a hoax.
Unfortunately, just before the patient died, he/she allegedly said, “I think I made a mistake, I thought this was a hoax, but it’s not.”
What is the COVID Party?
But what is this COVID Party, and why is it becoming more popular? This is also called corona party and lock-down party – a gathering where people would intentionally see if the virus is real or a complete hoax. For most people, this idea is absurd. But there are a handful of folks who still believe that COVID-19 is a fabricated story and they hold these parties just to prove it.
Young Adults Think They are Invincible
The World Health Organization and professionals have reiterated how dangerous the virus is. Anyone could be infected regardless of your age, gender, and race. However, some young adults believe that they are invincible and that such a virus is no match to their immune system. This case is not isolated in Texas. Instead, you can hear it in other parts of the world.
But the veracity if these parties are created to ‘test’ the virus is still debatable. For some people, the story itself is an attempt to create a more intriguing headline or to make it viral. Perhaps, what’s a more possible angle is that young people attended parties and caught the virus, and not, young people attended parties to test the virus.
Regardless if the covid parties are real or not, one thing remains certain. People are dying due to coronavirus, and as more countries are now opening the economy, people are going out and not practicing social distancing.
Social distancing aims to prevent patients or ill people from coming in close contact with healthy people. This measure is practiced to reduce transmission. This is why big events have been canceled, parties are not encouraged, establishments were closed, and there is a call to avoid crowded places in the meantime.
For COVID-19, social distancing is encouraged to slow down the transmission of the disease. A surge of patients could mean that it will be harder to monitor and treat considering the number of our health care workers. This is what they call ‘flattening the curve.’
How far should we distance ourselves from one another
The recommended distance would be around six feet or two meters.
Avoid handshakes or hugs in the meantime. And aside from practicing social distancing, make it a habit to wash your hands thoroughly.
We know that the pandemic has already re-shaped our world, and often, some of us feel anxious about our future. This can also cause a downward spiral in terms of mental health. And so, apart from practicing the protocols, don’t forget to take care of your mental health as well.