Please join us in a collective “I told you so.” Spring break happened in the middle of the COVID-19 outbreak and college students everywhere were roasted for going on vacation instead of practicing social distancing, recommended by the CDC.
“This virus ain’t that serious.”
We’re “trying to get drunk before everything closes.”pic.twitter.com/NzHTdy03gs
— Dena Grayson, MD, PhD (@DrDenaGrayson) March 18, 2020
Well, life came at them fast, because an entire group of Florida college students has tested positive for COVID-19.
UT has been notified that five UT students, traveling together and with other UT students during Spring Break, have tested positive for COVID-19. We sincerely wish our students, and any others who may be affected, a full and rapid recovery. https://t.co/MXl4e1v3gh
— The University of Tampa (@UofTampa) March 21, 2020
Six students at the University of Tampa have tested positive for the virus and are currently practicing self-quarantine in their apartments and dorms. The University addressed the situation through a Facebook post, which reads:
“Six UT students have tested positive for COVID-19.
One student was traveling internationally and was tested at the Dickey Health and Wellness Center on March 16. The student is self-isolating off campus, and has not been hospitalized.
Five students were traveling together and with other UT students during spring break. One of the students did not return to campus after spring break, and four returned to campus. All are self-isolating – the latter four on campus — and none have been hospitalized.
The Florida Department of Health is following its protocol to identify, notify and quarantine any individuals that have had contact with these individuals. If you are concerned about your health, please call the Dickey Health and Wellness Center at (813) 257-3051. If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 or are experiencing a fever and cough, call TGH Urgent Care at (813) 925-1903. You must call first, as not all TGH Urgent Care locations are designated COVID-19 evaluation and testing sites.
We sincerely wish our students, and any others who may be affected, a full and rapid recovery.”
One Twitter user made a comparison between how seriously Paris is taking the COVID-19 outbreak, versus the United States.
I want you to watch this video and see for yourself the difference between how Paris one of the most touristic cities in the world is taking the Coronavirus threat and how Clearwater Florida is dealing with it so that it doesn’t lose tourism revenue during spring break #Covid_19 pic.twitter.com/CbUCf1VZ2r
— Ayman Mohyeldin (@AymanM) March 19, 2020
Since spring break, Florida has closed down many of its beaches to help stop the spread of COVID-19. The state received heavy criticism after an image of a packed Clearwater Beach made its way around social media.
Aerial footage shows an empty Clearwater Beach after Florida officials shut down some of the state's famed beaches to prevent the spread of COVID-19. https://t.co/mUHVYfTKEQ pic.twitter.com/XoJ9iaCccC
— ABC News (@ABC) March 24, 2020
It is very, VERY important to note that even if you feel healthy, it does not mean you are not infected. The virus can live in the body many days without showing symptoms, with some people being asymptomatic. This is incredibly dangerous for older adults and the immunocompromised, as well as challenging for society to control. Please, please practice social distancing and self-isolation if you are able.