It seems that it isn’t only in Kenya where the youth seem to be taking the Covid-19 pandemic seriously. In the state of Alabama in the USA, the youth there are making Kenyan youth seem like amateurs after recent news of how they are not only flouting social distancing rules but actively trying to get infected with the flu.
This news was first reported by CNN stating that young people in the state are throwing Covid-19 parties. In the parties, the young people compete to be the first to get the flu from an already infected person.
The first person to get the infection wins a payout with the parties being held in Tuscaloosa and the young people are urged to attend so others can intentionally contract the virus
“We thought that was kind of rumours at first. We did some research, not only do the doctors’ offices confirm it, but the state confirmed they also had the same information,” City Council member Sonya McKinstry told CNN. She said she heard about the trend from fire officials.
The first person confirmed by a doctor to have coronavirus after the exposure wins the money made off the ticket sales, she said.
“This is not political. This is a public health issue. People are dying and there is no cure. We have to do whatever we can to save as many lives as possible, McKinstry said.
This story reminds me of the Kenyan “equivalent” where a bunch of youth stole their father’s ambulance so that they could attend a party. The ambulance would allow them to pass police checks after the new curfew rules were introduced.