A 21-year-old Tennessee woman who bragged on Instagram about not taking the coronavirus outbreak seriously has been diagnosed with the deadly illness.
Ireland Tate joked about not following instructions to stay home and practice social distancing amid the pandemic just days before she fell sick, news station WZTV reported.
In a social media video, Ireland Tate told her followers;
“I’m aware that we’re supposed to be self-quarantining and social distancing and all these things to like keep everyone safe get it, cool, great.
“Cool. I get it. I just don’t think that I’m going to get the virus,” Tate said in the video.
But just days later, Tate found herself suffering from symptoms associated with the dangerous bug and tested positive.
“It feels like someone is sitting on my chest at all times,” she said. “It’s really hard to breathe. I’ve coughed until my throat has bled.”
Tate said she likely got the virus from a pal in her group of friends and she’s now warning other young people to stay home.
“While it may not be affecting you, you could be affecting someone’s grandma or grandpa or aunt or uncle or sister,” Tate told the outlet.
“A little update on corona, isolated quarantine, and why staying home is important. If you hadn’t heard by now I tested positive for COVID19 on Wednesday.
“I developed a minor sore throat, but nothing to be concerned about and decided to call the hospital to let them know the situation.
“They recommended that I come in to get tested, I really didn’t think I had it but I went and got tested anyway. 3 days later they called to tell me it was positive.
“I didn’t really have any new symptoms other than being extra tired and body aches. Then I developed a cough, a terrible migraine that is going on 4 days strong, loss of appetite, shortness of breath, and just overall a gross feeling.
“I say all of this to say that I didn’t think that I would get it, I made jokes about it and made funny videos about ‘if I get it I get it, it’s not a big deal’ and here I am. It’s not just effecting the older generation.”
“Yes our immune systems might be stronger, we might be able to get it and get over it but that’s not the point. The point is that we can flatten the curve, we can give healthcare workers less to worry about if you would just stay inside.
“I’m going on day 4 of isolated quarantine and I am not having a good time. I am bored, I am starting to feel very antsy being alone and in such a small space for so long. As an extrovert and a 7, this is not a good time for me, but I’m trying to make the most of it.”
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.