An undisclosed number of people from the town of Edson in Alberta in Canada have ended up in the ICU after attending a “Covid party,” according to news reports.
Originally reported by City News Edmonton, the partygoers had supposedly attended the gathering with the specific intention of contracting Covid-19 to achieve “natural immunity” against the SARS-CoV2 virus.
“I am demoralized and infuriated that people would intentionally add fuel to the inferno, risking onward transmission to others, and potentially landing in the ICU at a time when we have literally a handful of beds left for the entire province,” said Dr. Ilan Schwartz, MD, PhD, an infectious diseases physician at the University of Alberta.
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If Ontario had Alberta’s hospitalization rate for COVID right now, you’d have about 3300 people in hospital instead of 299. Let that sink in for a second.
— Andrew Leach (@andrew_leach) September 22, 2021