As unbelievable as it may sound, in certain parts of the United States, parties are being held to connect people with coronavirus with healthy people. A very bad idea.
Have you ever heard of “Covid-parties”? Believe it or not: in the United States, parties are organized to bring together people diagnosed with Covid-19 (the disease caused by the coronavirus Sars-Cov-2) and people in good health. The objective: to ensure that as many healthy people as possible are contaminated so that they develop (potential) immunity.
Except that at present, scientists cannot affirm that one cannot catch the coronavirus twice. On the contrary: on February 25, 2020, the Chinese news site Caixin affirmed that 14% of the patients who were infected then cured of Covid-19 had been re-tested positive for the coronavirus subsequently.
Furthermore, even in a young and healthy person, the coronavirus Sars-Cov-2 can have serious consequences: thus, 4% to 5% of deaths concern people aged under 50 years.
“Covid-parties” have notably been observed in Washington State (in the northwest of the United States) and in Alabama (in the south of the United States). With, each time, an absurd “reward”: the organizers “set up a kitty, and the first who is contaminated by Covid-19 earns the money” says Sonya McKinstry, city councilor of the city of Tuscaloosa (Alabama ), at the microphone of abcnews this July 1st. “It makes no sense (…) We try to interrupt all the parties we know about.”
The United States is not spared from the coronavirus: between July 2 and 3, 2020, 53,069 new cases were registered in the country, as well as 649 deaths in the space of 24 hours. In total, since the start of the coronavirus epidemic, the United States has recorded 2,739,879 contaminations and 128,740 deaths.
Parlez-vous français? Marquis was born in Paris, France and emigrated to United States at the early age of 5. Nonetheless, he has maintained a strong link to his birth land, speaking French fluently. He graduated from the University of Michigan with a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and work full-time as a software engineer for a fortune 500 company. Part-time, he covers stories on astronomy and space for the Scientific Origin. In his free time, you’ll find him playing soccer with his pals.