In news that will shock you but probably shouldn’t, the University of Alabama student body is up to its usual nonsense.
ABC confirmed on Wednesday that students from Alabama have been organizing “COVID parties” with the intention to see who can contract the coronavirus disease first; the winner would receive a pot of money.
Tuscaloosa students diagnosed with COVID-19 have been attending parties as part of a disturbing contest to see who can catch the virus first, a city council member says. https://t.co/jTAafPMmru
— ABC News (@ABC) July 1, 2020
“They put money in a pot and they try to get COVID. Whoever gets COVID first gets the pot. It makes no sense,” Tuscaloosa City Councilor Sony McKinstry said, according to ABC. “They’re intentionally doing it.”
Over the last few weeks, students have purposely been attending these parties despite knowing that they have been diagnosed with the disease. Tuscaloosa Fire Chief Randy Smith told the City Council on Tuesday that he originally thought it was a rumor until further investigation. Shortly after Smith spoke on Tuesday afternoon, the council unanimously approved a law requiring citizens to wear masks in public.
“It’s nonsense,” McKinstry said. “But I think when you’re dealing with the mind frame of people who are intentionally doing stuff like that and they’re spreading it intentionally, how can you truly fight something that people are constantly trying to promote?”
The coronavirus has killed roughly 130,000 people so far in the United States.
Wear your mask.