A trio of young women from Gainesville, Florida are complaining they they feel ‘so sick’ since testing postitive for COVID-19 — after going out for a night of drinking.
TikTok user and recent University of Florida graduate Lauren Bouskila, 21, said that she and her two roommates ‘decided to go out for a drink,’ bucking social distancing recommendations and insisting to themselves that they’d be ‘fine’ in the midst of the pandemic.
But soon all three had come down with miserable symptoms including fever, sweating, and stomach ailments, and now they have all tested postitive for COVID-19.
Whoops! TikTok user and recent University of Florida graduate Lauren Bouskila (center), 21, shared a video of her coronavirus experience
Foolish: She and her two roommates went to an indoor bar, telling themselves it would be ‘fine’ and ‘Gainesville barely has any cases’
Yikes: Soon all three of them had come down with symptoms
Lauren shared the TikTok video this weekend, and within a day it had been viewed over a million times before she decided to delete it.
In the quick clip, a series of images flashed on the screen to show their progression from careless and carefree co-eds to struck down by the novel coronavirus.
‘My roommates and I decided to go out for a drink,’ she wrote, showing images of the trio getting dolled up.
Next, they were pictured sipping cocktails at an indoor bar in Florida, huddled close together without any masks.
‘Gainesville barely has any cases,’ she quoted them as saying. ‘We’ll be fine,’ they told themselves. ‘Bars enforce safety regulations.’
But those ‘safety regulations’ in Florida bars don’t appear to be doing much, because soon the young women were sending photos on Snapchat showing how sick they felt.
Sounds rough: All three women, in their early 20s, had fevers and felt ‘so sick’
Getting test: Lauren shared video of a coronavirus test being administered
Consequences: She soon learned that she tested positive
‘I’m actually so sick,’ wrote one, snapping a photo of herself in a hoodie looking miserable in the mirror.
‘Just woke up in a puddle of sweat,’ she added, showing a thermometer with a temperature of 101.4.
After a swab in her car, she showed off her positive test results.
Another roommate shared her own complaints, writing: ‘I wanna die my body aches suck.’
She, too, was photographed laying in bed, and shared a thermometer showing she has a fever of 102.1.
According to Lauren’s video, she also tested positive.
The third roommate quipped that she ‘just coughed up an organ’ and was ‘s***ting’ herself.’ She has a fever, too, and, as revealed in Lauren’s video, also found out that she had tested positive.
Sick: Her roommates also complained of symptoms like sweating and fever
They were warned: The trio hadn’t worn masks or social distanced while in an enclosed space
Oh well: Each woman showed off her thermometer and looked miserable
No fun: One complained of gastrointestinal distress before getting her diagnosis
Results: All three tested positive for the virus that is quickly spreading through Florida
Florida’s coronavirus cases have soared in recent weeks, with 8,500 new cases and 29 deaths reported on Sunday alone.
That brought the total number of cases in the state to 141,075.
The increase has come after Florida moved into Phase 2 of its reopening on June 5, with bars, movie theaters, and more indoor venues opening at 50 per cent capacity.
Dr. Marissa Levine, a professor of public health and family medicine at the University of South Florida, told the Tampa Bay Times it is likely to get worse without appropriate measures taken.
‘Without doing anything differently, we’re going to see tens of thousands of new cases every day in short order,’ she said.
Governor Ron DeSantis said on Sunday attributed this mostly to Floridians aged 18-44, who are going out to socialize more.
‘You can’t control…they’re younger people. They’re going to do what they’re going to do,’ DeSantis said.
The Washington Post has named Florida, Texas, and Arizona the new epicenters of the virus.