Dancing with death: ‘Get Covid’ party trend sees several end up in ICU

A “Get Covid” party that was planned with the intention of spreading COVID-19 resulted in several party-goers ending up in hospital.

What is a Get Covid party?

CityNews reports that the party took place in the town of Edson in Alberta, Canada and that the guests planned to intentionally get the virus to “build up natural immunity” without getting vaccinated.

Sources told the publication that the outcome of the party was that some people ended up in the local hospital with a number of Edmonton ICU cases as well.

“It’s just unbelievable. And it’s very sad and very irresponsible to think you’d get good immunity from the virus without getting serious disease,” said University of Alberta virology expert Dr Lorne Tyrrell.

“[COVID-19] carries a mortality rate around 2% but also we’ve got all the long-Covid people who’ve been infected and have had symptoms for a long period of time.”

It is believed that the idea for the “COVID party” may have come from “chickenpox parties,” where parents would intentionally expose their children to other children with chickenpox to get them to build immunity to the virus that causes chickenpox at a young age. However, a vaccine is now available for chickenpox and these parties are not recommended at all.

‘Ultimately very risky’

The newly-appointed Alberta Health Minister Jason Copping later said in a statement that these parties are ultimately very risky.

“People who are hosting or attending these parties not only put themselves at risk of serious illness or death, but are adding stress to the health-care system, which in turn may prevent other Albertans from getting the care they need.”

Adding fuel to the inferno

Dr Ilan Schwartz, an infectious diseases physician and assistant professor at the University of Alberta, also said that the situation is “infuriating”.

“I am demoralised and infuriated that people would intentionally add fuel to the inferno, risking onward transmission to others, and potentially landing in the ICU at a time when we have literally a handful of beds left for the entire province.”

Immunity via natural infection

According to Forbes, it is not recommended to achieve ‘immunity’ to the SARS-CoV2 coronavirus via natural infection. These reasons include the risk of being hospitalised with CPVID-19, dying from COVID-19, experiencing the menagerie of chronic symptoms associated with “long COVID” and also transmitting the virus to others.

“There is no evidence that natural immunity is better than vaccine generated immunity, and some evidence that vaccine generated immunity is more robust and longer lasting. Getting the vaccine is much much safer than getting the virus,” said Dr Schwartz.

The news comes as many are still pondering over getting the COVID-19 vaccine. The South African previously reported that 100% of ICU patients’ in Cape Town’s biggest hospital are unvaccinated. Numbers released on 6 September showed just how vulnerable unvaccinated people are to the virus.

Source: thesouthafrican.com