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'I think I made a mistake': Patient who thought pandemic was a 'hoax' dies after going to 'COVID party'

Wayne Hennigan, 60th Medical Group Emergency Department registered nurse, cleans an exam room inside David Grant USAF Medical Center March 25, 2020, at Travis Air Force Base, California. The emergency department, which is open 24/7, is one of many services the medical center is providing during the COVID-19 pandemic. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. James Hodgman)

According to WOAI, a patient in San Antonio, Texas in their 30s has died after going to a "COVID party" — a gathering of people who intentionally expose themselves to coronavirus to see for themselves whether the virus is real.


Per Methodist Healthcare Chief Medical Officer Dr. Jane Appleby, the patient's final words to the nurse were, "I think I made a mistake, I thought this was a hoax, but it’s not."

“It doesn’t discriminate and none of us are invincible,” warned Appleby. “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.”

Texas has seen a massive explosion of coronavirus cases, which has prompted state and local officials to roll back efforts to reopen businesses and impose new guidelines on wearing masks in public.

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