The warning comes after people have been sharing on TikTok the ways they intend on trying to catch Covid or sharing their wish to plan what date they would like to be ideally infected on for convenience.
One TikToker from Queensland who tested positive for the virus shared how her mum was desperate to catch it herself so her isolation period could begin sooner so she drank the rest of her Covid positive daughter’s orange juice.
“When your Covid positive and mum drinks your OJ [sic] to try and get Covid ASAP so we aren’t in extended iso [sic],” theDaily Mail reported as the daughter can be heard saying “happy Covid” to her mum and “bottoms up” to which the mother can then be seen chugging back the glass of orange juice.
The video was quickly taken down, but not before it received 47,000 views and 1200 likes, according to The Australian.
Elsewhere, there have been reports of unvaccinated people organising gatherings to develop natural immunity by purposefully attempting to catch Covid themselves.
Queensland chief health officer Dr John Gerrard described the parties as “utterly ridiculous,” The Guardian reported and said: “The best way to get immunity to this virus is through vaccination not through Covid parties,” he added: “They are ridiculous, so please stop them. Please stop.”
Royal Australian College of General Practitioners vice president Bruce Willett echoed this and told 2GB: “This sort of behaviour threatens to overwhelm medical services.”
“They will get immunity to Covid but it’s not substantially better than getting the immunisation and at an extraordinarily higher risk.”
Meanwhile, others have shared their wish to get Covid at the most convenient time possible like TikToker Ben Hogan, who went viral with a video at the end of December.
In his video, the overlay text said: “Me trying to schedule catching covid into my social calendar so I don’t miss out on anything,” as Hogan can be seen attempting to calculate what date would be best.
“Gotta block out a cheeky 10 say [sic] staycation,” Hogan joked in the caption.
Reply to @phillyed honestly cant think of a better time to catch miss rona and build up that super immunity #covid #nsw
Australian National University epidemiologist Dr Katrina Roper has also warned against people purposefully trying to catch Covid.
“From a science point of view, if a person is unvaccinated, it’s quite a risky move because you don’t know how you’re going to respond,” she told News.com.au.
“If you don’t know the strain type of the virus, you could be rolling the dice that maybe you’re one of those unlucky people that ends up with a more serious form of Covid, say the Delta form and you could have a more serious illness which may not be particularly pleasant.”