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Dying Man Tells Nurse ‘I Thought It Was A Hoax’ After Attending ‘COVID Party’ In Texas

by : Emily Brown on : 11 Jul 2020 15:24
Dying Man Tells Nurse 'I Thought It Was A Hoax' After Attending 'COVID Party' In TexasDying Man Tells Nurse 'I Thought It Was A Hoax' After Attending 'COVID Party' In Texas3WEARTV/PA

A young man has died after attending what is known as a ‘COVID party’ because he thought the virus was a hoax. 

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The patient, who has not been named but who is said to have been in his 30s, became critically ill before passing away at Methodist Healthcare Hospital in San Antonio, Texas.

Before he died, the patient told his nurse he had attended a ‘COVID party’. These kinds of gatherings have started to occur in a number of places across the US, as people risk their health to see if coronavirus is real or not.

Woman wearing mask amid coronavirus outbreakWoman wearing mask amid coronavirus outbreakPA Images

Parties are held by someone diagnosed with COVID-19, and healthy partygoers attend to see if they catch the virus. In Alabama, students were accused of putting money in a pot at parties, with the cash ‘rewarded’ to the first person who caught the virus.

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Dr. Jane Appleby, chief medical officer of Methodist Healthcare, recalled some of the patient’s final words, describing how he told the nurse: ‘I think I made a mistake.’

The patient continued:

I thought this was a hoax, but it’s not.

Dr. Jane Appleby recalls coronavirus patient's last wordsDr. Jane Appleby recalls coronavirus patient's last wordsABC 3 News

Despite the overwhelming evidence and the ever-increasing number of coronavirus cases, the young man refused to believe the virus was a threat and actively chose to put himself in harm’s way by attending the party.

Dr. Appleby pointed out this is just ‘one example of a potentially avoidable death in a young member of our community’, ABC3 News reports. As long as people continue to ignore the advice and the evidence presented by officials with regards to the seriousness of COVID-19, members of the public are at risk.

The doctor said:

[The virus] 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 realise that this virus is very serious and can spread easily.

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She explained that there are a number of young people currently receiving treatment at Methodist Healthcare, and while some can be discharged home, ‘others become ill very quickly and require intensive care’.

Dr. Appleby expressed her hopes that locals would never need the help of Methodist Healthcare, and urged people to ‘wear a mask, stay at home when you can, avoid groups of people and sanitize your hands’.

According to the doctor, the positivity rate for coronavirus cases in Bexar County has jumped from 5% to a ‘concerning’ 22% in a matter of weeks.

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Emily Brown

Emily Brown first began delivering important news stories aged just 13, when she launched her career with a paper round. She graduated with a BA Hons in English Language in the Media from Lancaster University, and went on to become a freelance writer and blogger. Emily contributed to The Sunday Times Travel Magazine and Student Problems before becoming a journalist at UNILAD, where she works on breaking news as well as longer form features.

Topics: Health, Coronavirus, COVID party, COVID-19, Methodist Healthcare, Methodist Healthcare Hospital, Now, San Antonio, Texas

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    'I thought this was a hoax': Patient in their 30s dies after attending 'COVID party'