United States man, 30, dies from virus after attending 'COVID party'

Henrietta Strickland
July 14, 2020

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In an unfortunate incident, a 30-year-old man who believed the coronavirus was a hoax died after being infected with the virus at a "Covid-19 party".

Healthcare workers talk to a COVID-19 patient at Houston's United Memorial Medical Center on July 2.

Dr. Jane Appleby, the hospital's chief medical officer, said that a COVID party is a gathering held by a person who has tested positive for the coronavirus and wants to see if the virus is real and spreads to guests.

The patient became critically ill after attending the party.

"I think I made a mistake", the man told a nurse, according to Appleby.

The doctor chose to make details of this case public as coronavirus cases continue to climb in the area.

She said this was just one example of a potentially avoidable death.

The positivity rate in that particular area has leapt dramatically in recent times to 22 percent.

It's a rate calculated by testing 100 people from the city and then seeing what per cent test positive for COVID.

As of Thursday night, almost 18,000 people have tested positive for Covid-19 in the region, with 1,200 of them now in the hospital system.

This incident in Bexar County near San Antonio is just one of an ongoing spike of cases, and Appleby chose to speak out to attempt to convince people - particularly younger people - that they are not invincible.

As the researchers explained, diabetes has always been known to greatly raise the odds for severe and even fatal COVID-19 in people infected with the new coronavirus.

This totals 1,046 COVID-19 cases and 18 deaths in just two days for the area.

More than half of coronavirus patients who received a heart scan in hospitals demonstrated "abnormalities" in their heart function, according to a major new study.

The researchers looked especially at each patient's blood sugar readings, the severity of their COVID-19-linked pneumonia, and patient outcomes in terms of illness severity and death.

Of the hospitalized patients, 419 are in the ICU and 246 are on ventilators.

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