Remember the reports on those college kids who decided they were exempt from the stay at home orders? There are now 28 of those idiots who have tested positive for COVID-19. With every one of our actions comes consequences. For these young millennials, they are no different.
Around 70 people from Austin, Texas, all in their 20s traveled to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, in the middle of March when the peak of cases was on a steady rise. According to the Austin Public Health Department, 28 out of the 70 people tested positive for the virus.
When everyone in America was warned and stayed glued to their televisions, these idiots decided they were not going to cancel their trip to Mexico. They flew on a charter flight and have come back on separate commercial flights.
The City of Austin gave a press release stating that “Austin Public Health and UT Health Austin and University Health Services have made contact with every spring breaker onboard the plane using flight manifests from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The 28 confirmed cases are self-isolating at this time. Others are under quarantine while being monitored and tested.”
Officials stated four of the 28 cases did not have any symptoms. All of the students were from the University of Texas, as reported by CBS Austin.
A press release read, “A leisure vacation of any kind is not considered essential.” During the time the students took the trip, there were no bans on going to Mexico. However, in America, the CDC discouraged all non-essential international travels.
The CDC reported adults from the age of 20 to 44 to make up almost one-third of all the cases of COVID-19 across the nation. Some who have it are very ill, and those who are not showing any symptoms are carriers to those who may not survive the illness.
Austin-Travis County Interim Health Authority Dr. Mark Escott said, “The virus often hides in the healthy and is given to those who are at grave risk of being hospitalized or dying. While younger people have less risk for complications, they are not immune from severe illness and death from COVID-19.”
Almost two weeks ago, the University of Tampa told officials five students traveled to the beaches for spring break with a crowd and came back testing positive for COVID-19. These were the students who were seen acting all high and mighty while being criticized for not following orders from officials.
Brady Sluder was one of the students interviewed as he said, “If I get corona, I get corona. At the end of the day, I’m not going to let it stop me from partying. I’ve been waiting, we’ve been waiting for Miami spring break for a while. About two months, we’ve had this trip planned, two, three months, and we’re just out here having a good time.”
Like most young people, when the reality finally sinks in, and once the damage is done, then they are sorry. Sluder has apologized for his comments.
He said, “I would like to sincerely apologize for the insensitive comment I made in regards to COVID-19 while I was on spring break. I wasn’t aware of the severity of my actions and comments. Like many others, I have elderly people who I adore more than anything in the world and other members who are at risk, and I understand how concerning this disease is for us all.”
Too many millennials feel it can’t happen to them. The truth is 20 percent who are sent to the hospital and on ventilators are in between the ages of 20-44. Those who are 60 and older have a harder time getting over the illness. They just don’t think of others or themselves.
CBS News medical contributor Dr. Tara Narula was interviewed on “CBS This Morning” at the end of last month, stating, “This big idea of social distancing, we can’t hammer it home enough. This comes down to something we call the reproduction factor; that’s how infectious I am. So if I [hypothetically] have the disease, I can spread it, we think with coronavirus, to three people.”
Narula added, “That reproduction number is affected by the virus properties itself, who is susceptible, but also the duration of contact with individuals and the number of people you contact. Decreasing the number of people you contact and the duration can significantly slow down the spread of the virus.”