Fake News: Students Throw Covid Parties Hoping to Get Infected

Mish

CNN, the New York Post, and the Associated Press, among many others report “Tuscaloosa students held parties, bet on who got coronavirus first.”

 ‘Covid Parties’ Are Not a Thing

No, Alabama frat boys aren’t doing snot shots and betting on who can get sick first. "Why does the media keep suggesting otherwise?" asks Wired in its report ‘Covid Parties’ Are Not a Thing.

“They put money in a pot and they try to get Covid,” said City Council member Sonya McKinstry. “Whoever gets Covid first gets the pot. It makes no sense.”

That much, at least, is true: This story makes no sense. Despite its implausibility and utter lack of valid sourcing, the fantasy of Alabama virus gamblers has nonetheless exploded across the internet, with slack-jawed coverage turning up in CNN, the New York Post, and the Associated Press, among many others. A representative headline declares, “Tuscaloosa students held parties, bet on who got coronavirus first.”

This is not the first reporting on the spread of Covid parties, which are, in fact, neither happening nor spreading. Back in March, Kentucky governor Andy Beshear announced during a daily public-health update that one case in the state had been tied to a “coronavirus party.”

Rumblings had developed into rumors by the start of May, when a public health official in Walla Walla, Washington, claimed to have discovered, via careful contact tracing, that at least two patients had indeed attended “Covid parties” so as to “get it over with.”

The press just can’t stop pushing the narrative that people are trying to get themselves infected. And they always seem to push it the same way: Local reporters write down what some official said, and then national publications pick up those claims, citing the local reports as evidence. At no point in this chain has anyone bothered to confirm the underlying claim. The whole thing is reminiscent of the supposed scourge, in the mid-2000s, of “pharm parties,” at which America’s wayward teens were said to put their parents’ prescription drugs into a bowl and then consume them at random. This did not really happen.

What's Going On?

Fake news sells. That's what. This one seems to have 9 lives.

I am always skeptical of these kinds of reports just as I was over numerous Russia allegations.

Mish

Comments (36)
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DBG8489
DBG8489

What the media doesn't seem to understand is that when they run these stories that later turn out to be fake - something they could have discovered for themselves if they had just done the bare minimum of research - they lessen their credibility on every other story they publish.

And the reality is that they aren't doing this on just these obviously bullshit stories - they do it all the time when publishing many other things that are far more important.

Tengen
Tengen

I was skeptical of these stories too. I can totally see college kids not caring much about the virus or thinking that they're too young to be affected, but gambling on who can be infected first seems unlikely.

US media, particularly political media, has been rife with sensationalism for decades. It's a big part of why we believe everyone else is crazy and/or stupid. The public also gleefully gobbles up stories where they can look down on others so they can feel better about themselves.

MiTurn
MiTurn

Me and my family have daily 'avoid-the-coronavirus' parties. It's called self-isolation. I'm really becoming addicted to Acey-Duecy -- the backgammon game.

But seriously, it is apparent that the mainstream press is all about generating either 'hits' on news sites or maintaining a certain political narrative.

Realist
Realist

It’s all so sad. Sensational sells, or these days, attracts eyeballs. It doesn’t matter whether it is the main stream media, blogs, or any other info source.

What this means is that each of us must be sceptical of what we read or see, and rely on our ability to as ascertain what is logical, and real.

One thing that became apparent to me long ago, was that people who strongly supported one political party or another, were easily duped into believing all kinds of conspiracy theories and other nonsense. That is why I am apolitical.

As I watch this pandemic spread throughout the US, at the same time it is being contained in other countries, I wonder why the US has failed so badly?

Part of the answer (though not all) is politics. The Trump administration has ignored its own guidelines and convinced many Trump supporters to ignore the protocols to wear a mask, social distance, avoid large gatherings etc.

I couldn’t care less whether Trump is a Republican or a Democrat; he has failed his country in his response to the pandemic.

As Trump gets ready to give his July 4th address, will he step up and tell people that the virus is a real threat and that they should follow safety guidelines, or will he continue to ignore it and say that it will soon go away?

The US has had over 50k new cases each day for 3 days in a row. It isn’t “handled” as Trump says. It is out of control.

njbr
njbr

Students having parties? Is it that the fake news is that they had an intent to get sick, or did they pull someone's leg by saying they were trying to get ill, or is it just that they didn't give a damn if they did?

Washington state...

More than 100 students living in fraternity houses near the University of Washington campus have reported testing positive for COVID-19, with hundreds of results pending. The Interfraternity Council, a student-led governing board for UW fraternities, said that at least 105 residents living in 15 fraternity houses have self-reported that they tested positive, CBS affiliate KIRO-TV reports.

The university learned Saturday that some fraternity residents had symptoms of COVID-19, and public health officials noticed a spike in cases among people ages 18 to 20, according to university spokeswoman Michelle Ma.

Ma said more than 800 students have been tested since Monday in response to the Greek system outbreak. The university expects to have an updated case count early next week. The Interfraternity Council has asked fraternity houses to stop holding social events, Ma said.

Experts say the outbreak, along with cases among student athletes, is a troubling sign of what may be in store if colleges reopen in the fall. University of Washington leadership said this week they hope to reopen in-person, with larger classes held virtually, but that plans could change based on the virus's spread.

Daniel Leifer, a pediatrician studying dermatology at UW, estimates he saw about a dozen parties when walking by Greek Row in recent months. Students stood close together, and masks were nowhere to be seen, he said.

Dr. Charles Lockwood, the senior vice president of University of South Florida Health, has administered more than 300 coronavirus tests and is alarmed by the spike among young people.

"It really is consistent with what we've been observing, which is incredible noncompliance with wearing face masks, social distancing, particularly among young adults and teenagers," he said.

Lockwood recognized that young people have "a different way of looking at life."

"The problem is that while you may not die and you may not even know you're sick, you may be killing other people," he said.

Rusty Nail
Rusty Nail

There's lots of evidence that young people are going to parties and getting sick, and anyone with two neurons to rub together knows large social gatherings are a good way to get infected. We may never find clear evidence that they "planned it" this way, but if you know getting sick is a reasonable outcome going into it, what's the difference? Actions speak louder than words. I don't think the "fake news" claim fits here, and even if you want to stand on semantics, what's the point? "Fake news sells" So do inflammatory claims of fake news.

CzarChasm-Reigns
CzarChasm-Reigns

Who benefits from planting such a dumbass story?
Idiots that consistently chant "fake news!"...
It "proves" their theory.

Curious-Cat
Curious-Cat

The US News system is broken because it became combined with merchandising. Their primary objective is not to inform, but to sell. Their target is not accuracy, but eyeballs.

Webej
Webej

The Russia allegations are still going strong. Now everybody is reporting that the Russians have adopted an American practice from the 1980's Afghan war, paying bounty for soldiers killed.

It remains axiomatic in America that the Russians interfered with all kinds of elections (to sow division), but there is absolutely no clear evidence that any of it was funded or directed by the Kremlin, nor confirmation of what the object, nor even of the much more obvious explanation, that it is click bait, especially as most of the examples (looking at any of the examples will certainly not convince you) happened post election!

The ‘evidence’ Facebook purportedly found after finding nothing seems to have occurred reluctantly under duress.

PT109
PT109

I can expect this from CNN.....they don't report news at all. They spew out their own narrative and opinions that have nothing to do with real news. They are a total disgrace to real reporters . Everyone of these CNN soldiers of disinformation should where their masks to stop the spread their BS Virus.

ShawnWil
ShawnWil

To Mish,

My first comment is, what does this story have to do with Global Economic Trend Analysis? 
I see nothing on how a Coronavirus Party / Possible Fake News is related to; (to name a few) the World Trade Organization, International Finance, Global Investment, Deflation, Unemployment, etc.

My second comment is, how much time did you actually spend before you posted this?  I see you copied and pasted this article from Wired but you wrote less than 50 words.

Regarding the possibility that the Coronavirus Party is Fake News, here is another article (link below) where the Writer suggests that he wouldn't be surprised if it happened.

I think we need more sources to confirm if this type of party actually happened. Unfortunately, we may never get all the facts. I'd like to think that these College Students are smart enough to know to not hold one of these types of parties but lately, with multiple people around the country not wanting to wear face masks, social distancing or following CDC Guidelines, tells me that i wouldn't be surprised either if they actually did have this party and it's Scary!

Rusty Nail
Rusty Nail

NY partygoers get subpoenas after stonewalling COVID-19 contact tracers

On Wednesday, officials in Rockland County—just north of New York City—reported a cluster of cases linked to a recent party of up to 100 people largely in their early 20s. At the time of the party, the host was infected and had symptoms but held the party anyway.

So far, at least eight attendees have tested positive for the virus. But many partygoers have refused to work with public health officials to track the potential spread and notify others who may have been infected and could go on to spread the disease further.

“We are not receiving the necessary cooperation when we contact those who are positive for COVID-19 or those who have been at some of these gatherings,” Dr. Patricia Schnabel Ruppert, Rockland County’s health commissioner said at a press briefing Wednesday.

Cajundoug
Cajundoug

The sensationalism in the news has gotten much worse. I thinks it's because in the old days only the front page headlines made people buy a newspaper, but now every article is a front page headline.

MishMeMuch
MishMeMuch

Not so long ago parents and communities did this kind of thing to get through these viruses.

Now we have victimized know it alls who virtue signal fake science that is propagated by profiteers who feed fear to the fear addicts.

At least Mish wears his victimhood on his sleeve. Imagine if Mish tried to hide his agenda like Joe the Pedophile tries to hide his abuse of children. Thanks for being honest Mish.

awc13
awc13

I heard that CNN has confirmed these stories via multiple anonymous sources


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