You may have seen stories on the news and social media recently about so-called “COVID parties,” where people are intentionally exposing themselves and/or their children to the novel coronavirus. Over the weekend, news of the death of a patient in his 30s in San Antonio has heightened awareness of this dangerous trend.

According to Nicholas Rister, M.D., an infectious diseases pediatrician at Cook Children’s, anecdotes of COVID-19 parties are circulating the medical community nationwide. While he says we have not seen any confirmed cases of COVID-19 from such gatherings here in Fort Worth, he wants parents to know that we do not recommend intentionally getting COVID-19 given the uncertain benefits and potentially high-risk for harm.

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