Officials in Washington State have made the claim that they had proof that some citizens were attending parties to intentionally "rub shoulders" with an infected COVID 19 patient so they could catch it and then get over it. That would then in theory give them the antibodies to fight it and they wouldn't have to worry about it anymore. This is based on "pox parties" where parents bring their kids to the home of a kid with chicken pox so the kid can get it over with.
Monday, Meghan DeBolt, director of Walla Walla county's Department of Community Health, told the Union-Bulletin that some of the cases in Walla Walla were traced back to Covid-19 parties. Thursday she walked it back saying they couldn't prove that people attended parties because they intentionally wanted to contract the disease.