Ireland Tate is a healthy 21-year-old Nashville, Tennessee resident who thought she couldn't get the coronavirus. Turns out, she was very wrong.
Tate recently posted a video of herself to social media in which she bragged about not social distancing.
“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 the video. “I just don’t think that I’m going to get the virus.”
Just days later, she tested positive for COVID-19.
“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 of her current symptoms after testing positive.
Dr. James Hildreth, president of Meharry Medical College and part of Nashville’s Coronavirus Task Force, is still concerned about people not taking the virus seriously enough.
“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.
The Nashville Fox affiliate reports that Tate says none of her friends were taking it seriously.
Tate agrees. She says her friends ignored city leaders’ call for social distancing. In fact, after city leader first suggested social distancing and socializing with no more than 10 people, her friends decided to get together at a friend’s house – all 20 of them.
They also went out in publicly, still ignoring the suggestion. Turns out, one of the friends in the group had the virus. Tate got it from her friend.
“Kids don’t, we’re not taking it seriously,” said Tate.
Heath officials are urging people to remain in their homes as much as possible and avoid all social gatherings. Additionally, the CDC has issued some tips for helping to avoid contracting the disease.
Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
Stay home when you are sick.
Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.