A man died from coronavirus after attending a “COVID-19 party” before admitting his mistake on his deathbed.
Students in the US state of Alabama have made the news in recent weeks after having parties and inviting people sick with coronavirus.
Dr Jane Appleby, Chief Medical Officer at Methodist Hospital, in San Antonio, Texas, said a nurse at her hospital treated a man who went to one of these “COVID-19 parties”.
Dr Appleby told KSAT the man, aged in his 30s, thought the virus was a hoax.
“He thought he was young and he was invincible and wouldn’t get affected by the disease,” Dr Appleby said.
In a video circulating on Twitter, Dr Appleby says the man regretted the decision to attend the party as he died, and told his nurse: “I think I made a mistake. I thought this was a hoax.”
“This is just one example of a potentially avoidable death in a young member of our community,” she said.
Sonya McKinstry, a Tuscaloosa City Councillor based in Alabama, told ABC News the idea of the parties is for people to bet on who is going to get sick.
“Whoever gets COVID first gets the pot. It makes no sense,” she told ABC News.
The US currently has more than 134,000 coronavirus-related deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University data.
A sad, shocking story from the chief medical officer of San Antonio’s Methodist Hospital: A 30-year-old who attended a “Covid party” and then made a deathbed confession to the nurse. “I think I made a mistake. I thought this was a hoax.” pic.twitter.com/MfruZjZais— Dan Diamond (@ddiamond) July 11, 2020
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