“majority of young people did not take the coronavirus seriously at its onset”
Given the prolonged gestation period, this is probably going to get worse before it gets better.
Campus Reform reports:
More spring breakers come down with the coronavirus
Despite warnings against international travel, 70 young Americans vacationed in Mexico only to learn that twenty-eight of them brought COVID-19 back with them. The 28 people who tested positive for coronavirus were also University of Texas-Austin students.
The majority of young people did not take the coronavirus seriously at its onset. Oneclass.com, a website that provides study materials to college students, surveyed more than 2,000 college students from 45 colleges across the nation at the beginning of March, of whom 73.6 percent admitted that they were not canceling their plans because of the coronavirus outbreak.
Only 26.4 percent of the students surveyed told OneClass that they canceled their spring break plans because of the COVID-19 outbreak.
Those who have not tested positive are under quarantine, according to the city of Austin.
According to Austin Public Health, this trip happened prior to the federal travel advisory to Mexico. However, Austin residents were already being advised to avoid all nonessential international travel. APH stated that this trip was not categorized as “essential travel.”
“The university is working closely with Austin Public Health to assist in contact tracing. The incident is a reminder of the vital importance of taking seriously the warnings of public health authorities on the risks of becoming infected with COVID-19 and spreading it to others,” Director of Media Relations & Issues Management at the University of Texas J.B. Bird, told Campus Reform.
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