No, you shouldn’t go to a COVID-19 party.

You may have seen reports of so-called “COVID parties,” where a group gets together with a person who is known to have COVID-19 in hopes of getting sick themselves. You might think that catching COVID now to “get it over with” is a good idea. But even young people can have serious complications from COVID-19. And at least one young person has died from COVID-19 after attending a “COVID party.”

Whether or not COVID parties are real, intentionally trying to catch COVID puts you and others at risk. More sick people in a community raises the risk for everyone. That includes older adults and other people who are trying to avoid exposure. And too many sick people at once can overwhelm hospitals. So keep yourself, your family, and your community members safe.

Last update: July 21, 2020, 7:01 pm ET

Science review: ERS, JAB