The City of Austin released a statement on Tuesday that revealed dozens of students from the University of Texas at Austin tested positive for Covid-19.
Austin Public Health and UT Health Austin and University Health Services have identified every single breaker aboard the flight to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico using manifests from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Currently, 28 young adults from that trip tested positive for coronavirus and dozens of others are being held under public health investigation. The statement also confirmed that four of the confirmed cases did not present any symptoms.
At least four of the 44 students who tested positive had not shown any symptoms of the coronavirus, reports the New York Times.
The city of Florida and other popular destinations spring break destinations like Mexico may be a part of the problem. The CDC advised to cancel all nonessential travel and yet Americans still travelled and destinations did not close down their beaches and hotels.
The Los Cabos Trust, a company that operates tourism in the area said in a statement that the students did not contract the virus in Mexico.
“Twenty days after their return to Austin, Texas, they had already passed the incubation period established by the World Health Organization,” the trust said in the statement.
The trust also revealed that none of their resort staff have presented coronavirus symptoms.
“It’s proven because among the workers where they were staying, there are no positive cases,” said Victor George Flores, the health minister for Baja California Sur.
Overall, Mexico has reported an extremely low number of cases compared to the United States.
One elected politician had a no-nonsense message for others.
“Quit being an a**,” said Texas House Speaker Dennis Bonnen. “Get over yourselves. Whether you think this is an issue or not, it is. Whether you think it could affect you or not, it does. The reality of it is, if I’m a college kid who’s going to spring break in Mexico, you’re affecting a lot of people. Grow up.”
Data collected show that approximately half of those testing positive for the virus in Austin-Travis County are between the ages of 20 and 40.
Dr. Mark Escott, Austin-Travis County Interim Health Authority, emphasized how the virus “often hides in the healthy” and then easily makes contact with those who are at a higher health risk.
“While younger people have less risk for complications, they are not immune from severe illness and death from COVID-19,” Dr. Escott said in the statement.
However, the data shows – any arrogance from the healthy is also misguided.
Many on Twitter shared their opinions about the young people who wouldn’t follow best practices during the onslaught of the outbreak in mid-March.
One Twitter user said this type of behavior is to be expected and that this is where the government needs to come in.
They’re kids. They will make bad decisions. This is where responsible government was needed.
— Charlie M MASA-Make America Safe Again-Dump Trump (@integrity4most) April 1, 2020
Meanwhile @Deb_Bob said the parents are to blame, writing “Every one of those parents who let those kids go should be sued for everything they own or will EVER own.”
Every one of those parents who let those kids go should be sued for everything they own or will EVER own.
— DebBob (@deb_bob) April 2, 2020