Students in Alabama don’t seem to comprehend the severity of the coronavirus pandemic. According to officials in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, students are throwing “COVID parties” and then gambling on who will be getting sick first.
“They put money in a pot and they try to get COVID. Whoever gets COVID first gets the pot. It makes no sense,” city council member Sonya McKinstry said, via the New York Post.
“We’re trying to break up any parties that we know of,” McKinstry told ABC News.
As the coronavirus appears to be in the middle of a resurgence, this is obviously not smart.
Then again, Alabama ranks 50th out of 50 states when it comes to education, so it makes a little bit more sense. Regardless, the students need to do better.
It is important to note that the University of Alabama was not specifically named as the home to the careless students, but it is the flagship university in Tuscaloosa.
The state of Alabama has more than 38,400 confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus with nearly 950 deaths.
The coronavirus mainly comes from animals and a majority of those who were infected early either worked at or frequently visited the Huanan seafood wholesale market in Wuhan, according to The Guardian. The virus is similar to Severe acute respiratory syndrome (Sars) and Middle Eastern respiratory syndrome (Mers).
The Wuhan coronavirus is transmitted from person to person through “droplet transmission.” That means an infected person can pass the virus by sneezing or coughing on another person as well as by direct contact.
While a majority of the cases have been detected in the United States and China — with more than 123,000 deaths in the United States — it has now reached many countries around the world. It has also been confirmed in Italy, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, and many other eastern countries.