LAFAYETTE, La. - Louisiana has set another record for Coronavirus cases now that hospitalizations in the state are approaching almost 2,200 patients. Medical experts say majority of those Covid cases are believed to be the Delta and Omicron variant.
At this time there's a deadly trend going around where people are trying to contarct the Omicron variant on purpose.
"I think it's stupid," said Mayer.
You heard right, it's a trend that doctors fear will soon infect if not kill many. People are trying to deliberately contract Covid-19, specifically the Omicron variant but why? Because if everyone is believed to get the virus at some point then why not get the more mild strain?
"They're not thinking about the people their actually living near, their neighbors who may not even be able to perhaps get through this illness without having to go to the hospital. They might be immunocompromised," said Unal.
Here are 5 reasons why this is not a good idea. For one Omicron is not a bad cold it's a life threatening infection. It's especially dangerous for those who are 65 and older, have a weakened immune system or have one of the following conditions.
-Diabetes or chronic kidney
-Cardiac, pulmonary, neurologic or liver disease
Two you could get long covid in the process. That's where Covid symptoms stick inside your immune system for 6 or more months. Those symptoms could include loss of taste and smell plus the following.
-Shortness of breath, fever, dizziness
-Severe fatigue, brain fog, diarrhea, mood changes
-Heart palpitations, muscle and abdominal pain, difficulty sleeping
"I think it's kind of like the same logic as a vaccine but just less controled and infantly more moronic," said Mayer.
Third, you could spread the infection to the next generation. At this present time just over half (54%) of kids aged 12 to 17 are fully vaccinated while another 23% of kids aged 5 to 11 are still waiting to get their second dose.
Some people say they can understand why trying to catch Omicron could be seen as popular.
"To get time off of work or school because they're burnt out but overall I think it contributes to the problem of places being understaffed," said Lormand.
Fourth as Emily stated "places being understaffed." You will stress the healthcare system out. Just this past weekend over 5,000 hospitals that report to The Department of Health and Human Services admitted to suffering from a "critical staff shortage."
Finally, it is never a good idea to catch any sort of infection or disease on purpose, doctors say "don't mess with mother nature."
Majority of the residents I spoke with here in The Hub city say this trend is an incredibly selfish act. They also fear that if this trend takes off it will only worsen our already short staffed hospitals.
Purposely trying to contract any variant of Covid-19 is most certainly not a good idea. At this time over 64 million people in The United States are already hurting from it.