Five students from the University of Tampa (UT) have tested positive for the Chinese COVID-19 coronavirus, the university has announced.
These students were traveling alongside other UT students to party for spring break shortly before they were diagnosed with coronavirus.
“We sincerely wish our students, and any others who may be affected, a full and rapid recovery,” UT wrote in a Twitter post on Saturday night.
Throughout spring break, images of college kids on the beach partying and ignoring the coronavirus epidemic enraged the public.
WFLA News posted images of a packed Clearwater beach just last week:
— WFLA NEWS (@WFLA) March 16, 2020
A shocking video from South Florida was produced by the CBS Evening News, showing interviews with young people dedicated to partying as scheduled throughout the pandemic.
"I'm not gonna let it stop me from partying": Some spring break visitors in South Florida lamented the restricted access to beaches and entertainment as public health and government officials race against the clock to curtail the spreading coronavirus. https://t.co/8gBUuhcskw pic.twitter.com/LQKBQO5SwG
— CBS Evening News (@CBSEveningNews) March 18, 2020
Experts are concerned that the young people who traveled and engaged in spring break partying may become super-spreaders after returning home.
“What is happening in Florida with spring break partying-on by students oblivious to the epidemiological implications of their actions is nothing short of tragic,” wrote Gregg Gonsalves, a professor of epidemiology at the Yale School of Public Health, in an email to Politico.
“While many of us have been hunkering down to try to break the chains of infection in our communities, these young people have decided the pleasures of the moment are worth bringing back the coronavirus to their friends and family,” he added.
“Younger people have more social interactions. There’s more transmission among them. Most people are infectious before they are symptomatic,” said Hansel Tookes, a public-health physician at University of Miami’s medical school.
“The students who are going and partying at spring break potentially are feeding into a world where they are stuck in their houses for weeks on end later on,” said Justin Lessler, a professor of epidemiology for Johns Hopkins University’s Bloomberg School of Public Health. “So I think they should keep that in mind.”
“There’s the strong possibility that we could start to see cases popping up after the incubation period. And if it’s not the spring breakers, their parents and grandparents are at high risk as well,” said Florida oncologist Nitesh Paryani.
“Everybody is treating coronavirus, whether we want to or not. All physicians are being pulled into this fight. It’s an all hands on deck situation,” he added.
If hysteria surrounding the coronavirus turns out to be warranted, these college students may go down as some of the most dangerous fools in American history.
Joe Biden Injured While Playing With Dog, Expected to See Orthopedist
Biden appears to have suffered a minor injury.
Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden reportedly suffered an injury while playing with a dog at his Delaware home on Sunday morning. He’s expected to receive treatment from an orthopedist this afternoon.
— Seung Min Kim (@seungminkim) November 29, 2020
Pool reporters were told Sunday that the injury wasn’t serious and that Biden is only being examined out of an abundance of caution. There hasn’t been an update since the pool announcement of the incident.
Biden rarely campaigned during the presidential election, instead opting to remain at his Delaware home and proclaim “lids” as early as 9:10 AM. He’d conceivably have no choice but to assume a more demanding schedule if he’s ultimately inaugurated as President.
If Biden is ultimately elected in December by the electoral college, he’ll be the oldest president ever to be inaugurated for a first term by far. President Trump currently holds the record for being the oldest to be inaugurated, having taken office when he was 71. Biden turned 78 earlier this month.
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