US students reportedly throwing 'COVID parties' to try and catch virus

Culture 07/07/2020

COVID-19 infection numbers are on the rise in the US, but that hasn't stopped a bunch of uni students from throwing what have been called “COVID parties” -  a party we definitely wouldn't want to attend.

Tuscaloosa City Councillor Sonya McKinstry told ABC News that students at the parties aim to intentionally infect each other with the virus.

"They put money in a pot and they try to get COVID. Whoever gets COVID first gets the pot. It makes no sense," she said. "They're intentionally doing it."

"It makes me mad as hell that we're constantly trying to do everything we can to slow the spread, while they're just having a damn party trying to spread it," McKinstry told NBC News.

Tuscaloosa City Council fire chief Randy Smith reportedly thought the parties were just rumours at first.

"We did some research. Not only do the doctors' offices confirm it but the state confirmed they also had the same information," he said.

This sounds like one of the absolute worst ideas ever - here's hoping those responsible get sorted out sooner rather than later.