BY KEVIN KOECH
A man in San Antonio, United States of America, has succumbed to COVID-19 after attending a party that was held by a patient with the aim of testing if the virus was real.
In a report by ABC News, Chief medical officer for Methodist Hospital and Methodist Children’s Hospital, Jane Appleby, said the unidentified patient had shared the information with them indicating he had attended the party.
“This is a party held by somebody diagnosed (with) the COVID virus and the thought is to see if the virus is real and to see if anyone gets infected,” said Appleby.
According to the medic, just before the patient died he expressed his regrets saying he had made a mistake for thinking COVID-19 was a hoax.
“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 said.
Appleby said the patient, who lived in Bexar County in the Texan city of San Antonio, had become critically ill before his death.
She said she had decided to share the information just to make people aware that the disease was serious and they needed to be extra careful to avoid contracting the disease.
“I don’t want to be an alarmist, and we’re just trying to share some real-world examples to help our community realise that this virus is very serious and can spread easily,” she said.
Appleby said her hospital has been seeing more cases in people in their 20s and 30s.
The COVID-19 parties have become a common trend in the US, especially among college students who hold parties with people who have tested positive for COVID-19 just to test if they too can contract the killer virus.
The US is leading the world with the highest cases of COVID-19 at 3,413,995 cases, 137,782 deaths and 1,517,084 recovered patients.