Hurry up and get sick so life will return to normal?
"We have heard from a lot of patients and the community that they're unafraid of getting the virus, so people are actually out and about trying to get the virus – attending gatherings, parties –just trying to maximize their chances of exposure," Yolanda Enrich, a nurse practitioner at Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center in Winston-Salem, told KOAT Action 7 News.
Enrich told the tv station that patients attend such parties with the purpose of developing immunity to COVID-19 so that they no longer have to take precautions against the virus during their daily routines.
Side-eye girl is concerned, and she's also more than a little pissed off that ignorant North Carolinians seem to continually attract the wrong kind of attention to our state. Okay, that second part is me, not her. But I'm sure she would agree. Here's what a highly-qualified medical professional (Mandy Cohen) has to say:
"There is no circumstance under which we want folks to actively pursue getting COVID-19 The reason we are working so hard collectively to keep the virus spread low is the fact that when there is more virus in our community, it not only impacts those who have it, but particularly those who are at high risk of getting severe reactions to the disease," Cohen said.
"So what we are hearing is young folks saying, 'I think I'm fine. I'm going to get COVID-19,' but they are out in their communities. They are spreading the virus further and then those who have more chronic diseases who are older, but still need to go to the grocery store or go to their health care setting or go to the pharmacy to pick up medicine – that means the virus is still out in the community and can impact those people."
Cohen added that "we are nowhere near herd immunity" and that a party would not be helpful to that end. She implores residents to continue following social distancing rules and not to attend such gatherings.
Filed under, "Things that shouldn't need to be said in the 21st Century."