AUSTIN, Texas – Two weeks ago, amid the coronavirus pandemic, about 70 students from the University of Texas at Austin partyed in Mexico during the spring break. The students, all in their twenties, flew on a charter plane to Cabo San Lucas, and some returned on separate commercial flights to Texas.
Today, 44 of them have tested positive for the virus and self-isolate. More students were followed and tested on Wednesday, university officials said, after the first 28 positive tests.
The Austin epidemic is the latest to emerge from a group of students who have ignored social distancing guidelines, made traditional trips during the spring break, and have now tested positive for the coronavirus. Many of them appeared to have the mistaken impression that young people are not as likely to get coronavirus as the elderly. Students from the University of Tampa, the University of Wisconsin-Madison and other colleges have tested positive after returning from spring break in Florida, Alabama, Tennessee and elsewhere.
Brady Sluder, a young man on a spring vacation in Miami, said from a crowded beach that Brady Sluder, a young man on vacation in Miami, said: get corona, i get corona. At the end of the day, I will not let myself be prevented from partying. Sluder, whose television interview was widely shared, then apologized on Instagram.