21 Year Old Brags Online About Not Social Distancing, Gets Coronavirus
Nashville, TN – A woman was recently diagnosed with Coronavirus after bragging online about not social distancing.
In a video she posted on social media, 21-year-old Ireland Tate said she didn’t think she would get the coronavirus.
“So, I’m aware that we’re supposed to be self-quarantining and social distancing all these things to keep everyone safe. Cool. I get it,” Tate said in a video, according to WZTV. “I just don’t think that I’m going to get the virus.”
When a city leader suggested social distancing and not getting together in groups with 10 or more people, Tate and 20 of her friends met at a friend's house.
Tate and her friends also went out in public. One of Tate’s friends was carrying the coronavirus, WZTV reported.
Tate was diagnosed with the deadly virus days later.
Now Tate has a different attitude about the virus.
“It feels like someone is sitting on my chest at all times. It’s really hard to breathe. I’ve coughed until my throat has bled,” Tate said, according to WZTV.
Tate said the youth are not taking the threat seriously.
Dr. James Hildreth, the president of Meharry Medical College and part of Nashville’s Coronavirus Task Force, said he is worried young people were like Tate and not following precautions.
“There are still those who only believe that the virus affects those who are elderly and with underlying conditions. That’s clearly not the case,” Hildreth said, according to WZTV.
Tate is quarantined at her parents’ home. She is now telling people her age to follow precautions advised by medical experts.
“While it may not be affecting you, you could be affecting someone’s grandma or grandpa or aunt or uncle or sister,” said Tate, according to WZTV.
Tennessee had 224 people ages 21-30 who tested positive for the virus as of March 25, according to WZTV.