21 year old lol Ireland Tate didn’t think she could get the coronavirus, boasting “Cool. I get it. I just don’t think that I’m going to get the virus” in an online video.
Not she has tested positive and is warning others to not think as she did.
Fox17 reports Ireland Tate is young, full of life, unbothered and unafraid of the coronavirus pandemic. The 21-year-old is a picture of perfect health
“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,” said Tate in a video she made for social media. “I just don’t think that I’m going to get the virus.”
She made that video days before she was actually diagnosed with 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, describing her symptoms of COVID-19.
Dr. James Hildreth, president of Meharry Medical College and part of Nashville’s Coronavirus Task Force, worries too many young people aren’t taking the virus seriously.
“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.
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.
Dr. Shindana Feagins, who specializes in internal medicine and has a private practice, warns that carefree attitude could be deadly.
“When you look at the trajectory of Italy and France, we’re climbing at that rate,” Dr. Feagins said.
She says younger people tend to have mild to no symptoms. They continue to hang out, unknowingly passing the virus.
Dr. Feagins says younger people have a better chance of survival, however, those they give it to, not so much. As of Wednesday, Tennessee recorded 224 people ages 21-30 who tested positive for the virus.
“If they come in contact with the older people with conditions like diabetes, hypertension or heart failure or lung disease, then it puts the older population at higher risk,” said Dr. Feagins.
Now, Tate, who is quarantined at her parents’ home, is sending a desperate plea to young people her age who she says are laughing it off and not taking it seriously.
“While it may not be affecting you, you could be affecting someone’s grandma or grandpa or aunt or uncle or sister,” said Tate.
She says her outlook has changed because harming someone else isn’t a guilt she believes she can carry.