America's new source of coronavirus spread - 'Covid-19 parties'

Because of social distancing mandates instituted by the state to curtail the spread of COVID-19, graduates received their diplomas in a nearly-empty auditorium with no friends, family or relatives allowed to attend. ____________________________________________________ More on coronavirus: ____________________________________________________ The discovery astounded local leaders who had been working in recent weeks to contain a large outbreak at a meat processing facility in the area. Health officials, for example, worked in the past to halt chickenpox parties at which parents sought to expose their unvaccinated children tothe disease. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in those cases said it “strongly recommends against hosting or participating in these events.” While some people have expressed an eagerness to get the virus, the two parties in Washington State are believed to be the first dedicated events to be confirmed by public health officials. Rather than accelerate the disease’s transmission, health officials are working to avoid the rapid spread of an illness that has been linked to more than 72,000 deaths in the United States despite widespread stay-at-home mandates. Ms. Debolt said the area was not close to flattening its curve but was starting to see more people engaging in social interactions despite stay-at-home requirements.