A 21-year-old Nashville woman who had posted a video about how she was not practicing social distancing has now tested positive for coronavirus. The young woman is now urging the youth to follow the protocol.
It was only days ago when Ireland Tate took to social media to joke about not following the guidelines on social distancing and self-quarantine.
“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 had said in the video. “I just don’t think that I’m going to get the virus.”
According to Tate, she and her friends ignored the call for social distancing and self-quarantine. She even said about 20 of them even had a get together at a friend’s house.
Now, Tate has been diagnosed with the virus as she was, evidently, infected by one of her friends who had it.
Unfortunately, Tate has been experiencing some of the more severe symptoms of COVID-19. Tate describes her COVID-19 symptoms as feeling like there is someone sitting on her chest, saying that she has been having difficulties breathing and that she has been coughing until her throat has bled.
She is, now, quarantined at her parents’ home and is urging the youth to follow the protocols.
“Kids don’t, we’re not taking it seriously,” Tate told WZTV. “While it may not be affecting you, you could be affecting someone’s grandma or grandpa or aunt or uncle or sister.”
Only recently, the World Health Organization (WHO) called on the youth to cooperate with the social distancing and self-quarantine protocols, saying that even if older people are more vulnerable, younger people are not spared. In fact, data from various countries have shown that a significant portion of the patients who have to be hospitalized are people under 50 years old.
“Today I have a message for young people; you’re not invincible, this virus could put you in the hospital for weeks or even kill you,” WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said. “Even if you don’t get sick the choices you make about where you go could be the difference between life and death for someone else.”
As of March 26, the state of Tennessee has recorded 957 confirmed cases of COVID-19.