No more laughing. After joking about the danger of coronavirus and ironic about preventive measures, a young American girl has revised her judgment since she got sick. Ireland Tate, tested positive on March 19, now warns young people and urges them to stay at home, according to the story of this 21-year-old young woman reported this week by several American media.
Two videos, published on social networks, illustrate how the opinion of this Nashville (Tennessee) resident has radically changed. In the first, Ireland boasts in fashion nothing can happen to me: "I am aware that we are supposed to put ourselves in quarantine, to be in social distancing to ensure the safety of everyone. I understand, cool, great. I don't think I will catch the virus. "
Contaminated at a student party
According to the account of the same media, the young American continued to live as if nothing had happened, ignoring the instructions launched among others by the mayor of Nashville, like that of not gathering more than 10 or even confining herself . Ireland Tate took part in a party with around twenty friends in a house. It was on this occasion that she was infected. A few days later, the young woman tested positive at Covid-19, on March 19…
In a new video, Ireland appears tired features, a mask on the face. "I'm not very well [...] I have the impression that there is always someone sitting on my chest, it's really difficult to breathe. I coughed until my throat was bleeding, ”says the young blonde woman confined to her parents.
The one who boasted that she would not get sick recognizes that many people of her generation do not take the coronavirus seriously. Now she asks them to do it. For them, and for others. "If you are not infected (Ed: in the sick sense) yourself, it can contaminate someone's grandmother or grandfather, or aunt or uncle, or mother or sister ", Still warns Ireland on social networks. A message that makes sense when the United States has become the country that now has the highest number of infected people.
The young woman's awareness should serve as a warning, according to one of the doctors in the Nashville epidemic task force. "This will help us remember that this virus does not only affect the elderly or those already weakened by pathologies," he adds.
The Irish story also gives credit to the words of the Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO) to make them understand that they are not "invincible". However, fatal cases among young people are extremely rare. In the United States, the deaths of two 17-year-old adolescents may have been caused by the coronavirus, in California and Louisiana. Investigations are underway to confirm this or not.