Many older millennials might remember the furor over "Rainbow Parties" back in the late 1990s/early 2000s. We're not going to get into all the details of this peculiar-sounding "youth culture trend" - the only thing that's really relevant to our discussion is that these lurid stories horrified parents and - as it turns out - were completely, entirely made-up.
And so it is with the latest COVID-19 related outrage: comments from Tuscaloosa City Councilor Sonya McKinstry, who warned that bored college and high school students in her district were throwing "COVID Parties" where everybody hangs out with somebody who has the virus, and they all place bets on who tests positive first.
Thanks to the Internet, teenagers and young adults have been caught doing many extremely dumb things, like eating tidepods and whatnot. But even those trends were massively overblown and largely the work of a few trolls. This too stretches credulity. So, what kind of evidence does McKinstry have to support this claim?
Actually, quite a bit. State officials have confirmed that 8 cases have been linked to a house party full of 20 year olds somewhere in New York. The host was already symptomatic during the event, and officials heard about two other parties.