An Australian bride-to-be has devised an unconventional way to prevent COVID-19 from ruining her big day — by purposefully attempting to catch it.
A video detailing her preemptive wedding-saving measure currently boasts a whopping 121,000 views on TikTok.
“POV your wedding is in 6 weeks and you still haven’t had COVID,” reads the caption to the clip, which was posted Sunday by user @maddysmart31.
The 15-second video, titled “Catch COVID not feelings,” shows the soon-to-be-hitched embracing multiple men and women — and even swapping drinks — at a Melbourne nightclub in an attempt to contract the virus, which she seems to believe will prevent it from crashing the occasion.
The video was posted right before Victoria, Melbourne’s state, announced that starting Jan. 12, it would be closing all indoor dance floors to everyone, except wedding parties, to stem the Omicron uptick.
Nonetheless, many TikTok commenters praised the future wife’s unorthodox immunization strategy split.
“yasss!! Feb 5th bride and I feel this on so many levels,” said one wedding hopeful, while another wrote, “I feel you sis.”
However, others found the so-called preventive measure a bit hare-brained.
“Sucks to be a healthcare worker watching this,” lamented one detractor.
Even “Love Island” Season 3 contestant Ryan Reid chimed in, writing: “I was so confused.”
Another wondered about the efficacy of Smart’s preemptive infection policy given that people can catch COVID more than once. In fact, recent studies show that reinfection is over five times more likely with the new Omicron variant than the Delta strain.
Indeed, infectious disease experts have warned the public to refrain from deliberately trying to contract the disease.
“People trying to get this virus when it’s still possible to ride through this wave without being infected isn’t wise,” epidemiologist Dr. Catherine Bennett told Daily Mail Australia last week. “We’re hearing lots of people say ‘it might be mild’ but it’s actually really terrible, so if you can avoid it, do.”
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