SAN ANTONIO, Texas – Officials at a Texas hospital say a 30-year-old man has died after becoming infected with the coronavirus at a “COVID-19” party, according to reports.
Dr. Jane Appleby, medical director at Methodist Hospital, says in a video released by the hospital that the man attended a party hosted by a person who was already infected with the virus, the San Antonio Express-News reports. The man’s identity has not been released due to privacy laws, reports ABC News.
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Appleby did not share information about when and where the party took place, reports the New York Times. The Times says that COVID parties are held as a test to see if the virus is real or as an attempt to gain immunity.
But Appleby says history shows that the virus can be dangerous for anyone, even younger people. Dr. Robert Glatter, an emergency room physician at Lenox Hill Hospital in Manhattan, tells the Times that the parties are “dangerous, irresponsible and potentially deadly.”
The Times also reports that there are doubts about the COVID parties really happening and that infections may come from regular gatherings.
Texas is fighting a significant increase in coronavirus infections, with the state reporting more than 8,000 new cases on Sunday and 80 deaths, CBS News reports. More than 10,000 people are hospitalized.