A PATIENT in Texas who died of the coronavirus attended a “Covid party” because they believed the virus was a hoax. The patient, who was in their thirties, told a nurse they had “made a mistake”, shortly before they died. The incident happened in San Antonio, reported News4SA, and Chief Medical Officer of Methodist Healthcare …
A PATIENT in Texas who died of the coronavirus attended a “Covid party” because they believed the virus was a hoax.
The patient, who was in their thirties, told a nurse they had “made a mistake”, shortly before they died.
The incident happened in San Antonio, reported News4SA, and Chief Medical Officer of Methodist Healthcare Dr. Jane Appleby recalled the patient’s heartbreaking statement moments before their death.
“Just before the patient died, they looked at their nurse and said ‘I think I made a mistake, I thought this was a hoax, but it’s not,’” Appleby said.
“This is a party held by somebody diagnosed by the COVID virus and the thought is to see if the virus is real and to see if anyone gets infected,” the doctor explained.
“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.”
Cases have spiked in San Antonio, along with the rest of Texas, with the city reporting nearly 18,000 cases on Thursday night.
A single record was chalked up yesterday in the US with 63,900 new Covid-19 cases nationwide.
At least 33 US states experienced increases compared to last week.
The surge in coronavirus cases has been driven by states that have fast-tracked the reopening of their economies, such as California, Texas and Florida.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott says things will get worse in the state as more than 10,000 patients are now hospitalized with the coronavirus.
The state is now one of coronavirus hotspots, with new confirmed cases surging to around 14 per cent of the country’s total.
On the Texas-Mexico border, Starr County Judge Eloy Vera says his rural community is trying to get a refrigerated trailer because the local funeral home can’t keep up with more than two bodies a day.
Texas members of Congress are also asking the Trump administration for a field hospital in the Rio Grande Valley.
A leading doctor has warned the United States will see “tremendous deaths” if coronavirus lockdowns are not imposed.
Physician and Rutgers medical professor Dr Bob Lahita was making the ominous prediction after 63,900 new Covid-19 cases were reported — an all-time, single-day high.
Dr Bob Lahita told CBSN there will be “tremendous deaths” in those areas and said it was a “very good idea” to imposed new lockdowns.
He said: “I’m hoping that the governors use some common sense and close up again.
“It comes close to irresponsible, reopening, until we have absolute proof that the disease is under control.”
The rampaging virus that has killed more than 136,000 Americans and in excess of 3.2 million have been infected.
On Friday, Dr Anthony Fauci slammed Donald Trump for “having the wrong numbers” on coronavirus after the president hammered him for “making a lot of mistakes.”
The president told Hannity on Friday: “Dr. Fauci’s a nice man, but he’s made a lot of mistakes.”
Speaking about his advisors, which include Fauci, Trump reasoned: “They’ve been wrong about a lot things, including face masks.
“Maybe they’re wrong, maybe not, but a lot of them said don’t wear a mask, don’t wear a mask.
“Now they are saying wear a mask. So a lot of mistakes were made — a lot of mistakes.”
During an appearance at the White House on Independence Day, the president said that “99 percent” or coronavirus cases are “harmless.”
He said: “We have tested over 40 million people. By so doing, we show cases, 99 percent of which are totally harmless.
“Results that no other country will show, because no other country has testing that we have — not in terms of the numbers or in terms of the quality.”
However, coronavirus expert Dr Fauci has since debunked Trump’s claim.
In a Financial Times interview on Friday, the taskforce member said: “I’m trying to figure out where the president got that number.
“What I think happened is that someone told him that the general mortality is about 1 percent.
“And he interpreted, therefore, that 99 percent is not a problem, when that’s obviously not the case.”
“You have to be having blindfolds on and covering your ears to think that we don’t live in a very divisive society now, from a political standpoint.
“I think you’d have to make the assumption that if there wasn’t such divisiveness, that we would have a more coordinated approach,” he said.