Corona Cock Up – Healthcare company accidentally tells 600,000 they have COVID-19

Is it us or is coronavirus just looking more suspect by the day? It has become apparent that a healthcare company in America accidentally emailed 600,000 people telling them they had COVID-19 when they didn’t.

Tricare (Humana Military), the military health care provider, emailed people who had the coronavirus to do something with their antibodies. Unfortunately they ended up emailing not just those 31,000 that were infected, but all 600,000 in the area.

The email read,

“As a survivor of COVID-19, it’s safe to donate whole blood or blood plasma, and your donation could help other COVID-19 patients. Your plasma likely has antibodies (or proteins) present that might help fight the coronavirus infection. Currently, there is no cure for COVID-19. However, there is information that suggests plasma from COVID-19 survivors, like you, might help some patients recover more quickly from COVID-19.”

Six hours later, Humana issued the following mea culpa.

In an attempt to educate beneficiaries who live close to convalescent plasma donation centers about collection opportunities, you received an email incorrectly suggesting you were a COVID-19 survivor. You have not been identified as a COVID-19 survivor and we apologize for the error and any confusion it may have caused.”

Whoops.

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