A 30-year-old Texas man has died after believing coronavirus was a hoax. Testing his theory, he attended a “COVID party” - a gathering to bet on who could get infected with the virus first — with the "winner" taking home a pot of money. Parties like this, also known as pandemic parties, have occurred in Alabama leading to warnings from the University of Alabama to students about the parties’ risks.
The Texan man died after being infected with the virus, according to the chief medical officer at a Texas hospital. Dr. Jane Appleby of Methodist Hospital in San Antonio, said the man died after deliberately attending a gathering with an infected person to test whether the coronavirus was real.
Dr. Appleby said the man had told his nurse that he attended a COVID party. Just before he died, she said the patient told his nurse: “I think I made a mistake. I thought this was a hoax, but it’s not.”
This type of mindless behavior by Americans has made the hashtag #COVIDIOTS trend on social media. People who don't wear masks have been proven to have lower cognitive ability.