The press is, naturally, disseminating this terrible idea as widely as possible, probably in the hope of creating two awful self-fulfilling prophesies at the same time.The New York Times did a trend piece which included second-hand accounts of two internet questions about self-infection, plus news that a women's magazine reporter is asking doctors if mothers should hold "swine flue parties, like chickenpox parties." Read: Not a real trend, but one the media is very, very hungry to make real.
But the Times also quoted by name a "chief of infection control" at a midwest hospital who was thinking of throwing caution to the wind and going without a face mask on a domestic airplane flight as part of a "passive approach to getting infected:"
"I'm thinking of taking my chances" and forgoing the mask, he said. "That's a change from a week ago. I think to myself, yeah, I'll be miserable for a week - but that'll beat maybe being seriously sick later."
The Times story also quoted a bunch of medical professionals who said this is an insane and reckless idea, obviously.
In summary, do not go to a swine flu party, it's dangerous; but if you do go to a swine flu party, or hear rumors about a swine flu party, or are thinking about having a swine flu party, you are very edgy and interesting and definitely call your nearest reporter, because he or she is dying to talk to you, out of sheer fascination.