Virus patient dies after attending Covid-19 "hoax" party

Marco Green
July 13, 2020

Jane Appleby, explained in a video message that people organise these events to check whether or not the pandemic is real.

According to healthcare officials, before the patient's death, they admitted they believed the virus was a "hoax" and intentionally attended a party with an infected person.

The patient ended up severely ill, and sadly died in hospital after contracting the deadly virus.

Dr Appleby told KSAT the man, aged in his 30s, thought the virus was a hoax. "He thought he was young and invincible and wouldn't get affected by the disease".

In fact, she said the positivity rate has jumped to 22 percent.

Appleby said she decided to make this case public to urge Bexar County natives to take the pandemic seriously - particularly young people, many of whom still seem to believe they can not be seriously affected by the virus.

Appleby called it a 'concerning increase'.

"It doesn't discriminate and none of us are invincible", Appleby said.

Appleby directed her comments at the younger adult demographic in particular, noting that some of these patients have no idea how sick they actually are. She added: "I don't want to be an alarmist and we're just trying to share some real-world examples to help our community realize that this virus is very serious and can spread easily".

"We identified a higher than expected number of people with neurological conditions such as brain inflammation, which did not always correlate with the severity of respiratory symptoms", said Michael Zandi, of UCL's Queen Square Institute of Neurology and University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

'My plea to our community and especially all of our young folks in the community is to take it seriously. "Wear your mask", she said.

Other neurological issues experienced by the Covid-19 patients, who ranged in age from 16-85, included more cases of delirium or psychosis, strokes and problems with peripheral nerves found in extremities like hands and feet, according to Forbes.

While the results of the study suggest that brain complications could be more common among virus patients than first thought, experts said it didn't mean that brain damage cases were widespread.

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