Despite repeated warnings by health officials and political leaders, a group of people in Kentucky threw a party in an effort to purposely infect themselves with the coronavirus. It worked, and Governor Andy Beshear is NOT happy about it.
Remember when former Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin advocated for chickenpox parties to purposely infect children with the virus so that they would build immunity to it? Well, Kentuckians are apparently thinking that way with the coronavirus.
And for one unlucky person, they’re about to find out how big a mistake they made because they’ve tested positive.
This virus has caused a worldwide pandemic. In the United States, over 50,000 have been infected and nearly 700 have died. It’s so contagious that people can get it again even after already having been infected once. This isn’t a virus to take lightly. It’s certainly not one to infect oneself with on purpose.
But that’s what happened, and it’s putting many people at risk, especially those most vulnerable to dying from it.
And that’s why Beshear expressed anger and disappointment on Tuesday and urged Kentuckians not to hold such parties.
“We have a positive case today from someone who attended a coronavirus party,” Beshear said. “Anyone who goes to something like this, may think that they are indestructible, but it’s someone else’s loved one that they are going to hurt.”
“We are battling for the health, even the lives, of our parents and our grandparents,” he continued. “Don’t be so callous as to intentionally go to something and expose yourself to something that can kill other people. We ought to be much better than that. We all owe each other a duty to protect each other. This is something that no one should be doing across the commonwealth.”
Here’s the video via Facebook:
Chickenpox can be fatal but the mortality rate for coronavirus is much higher and you don’t just build up an immunity to it. This is an RNA virus that mutates. The best thing to do is practice social distancing and self-isolation as much as possible. Going to a party to get infected is reckless and dangerous. If anything, people who attend them should be charged with a crime for threatening public health with their stupidity.
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