Man, 30, dies after attending ‘COVID party,’ doctor says

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(KSAT/CNN/WFLA) – A doctor in San Antonio, Texas says a 30-year-old patient has died after attending a “COVID party.”

“One of the things that was heart-wrenching that he said to his nurse was, you know, I think I made a mistake and this young man went to a COVID party,” Dr Jane Appleby, the chief medical officer at Methodist hospital told KSAT. “He didn’t really believe, he thought the disease was a hoax. He thought he was young and he was invincible and wouldn’t get affected by the disease.”

According to Appleby, a “COVID party” is a gathering held by someone who has been diagnosed with the coronavirus. “They’ll have a party to invite their friends over to see if they can beat the disease,” she explained.

The hospital has seen several 20 and 30 year old patients who are critically ill, Appleby said.

“People will come in initially and they don’t they don’t look so bad. They don’t look really sick. But when you check their oxygen levels and you check their lab tests, they’re really sicker than they appear on the surface,” Appleby said.

Appleby said if you are not feeling well, have a high fever, cough and severe muscle aches, you should get help.

“My plea to our community and especially all of our young folks in the community is to take it seriously. Wear your mask.”

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