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Tuesday, March 31, 2020

More than two dozen University of Texas, Austin spring breakers tested positive for COVID-19 following a spring break trip to Mexico, university and Austin public health officials said on Tuesday. A group of about 70 young adults travelled together on a chartered plane to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico about a week and a half ago, the Austin Public Health Department said in a statement. Upon their return, 28 students have tested positive for COVID-19 while "dozens more are under public health investigation."

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They are young and healthy and will probably be fine, but how many others are they going to infect due to their short-sighted and selfish stupidity?

#1 | Posted by JeffJ at 2020-03-31 07:36 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Short-sighted and selfish stupidity is endemic in the US.

I would not be surprised if some youngsters decide to 'roll covid' to own the boomers. The US culture celebrates jerks, and is going to pay a high price because of it.

#2 | Posted by bored at 2020-03-31 08:05 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

"70 young adults travelled together on a chartered plane to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico about a week and a half ago,"

about a week and half ago? --------. when did they leave and when did they return, exactly?

why wont' they be specific? could it be because they look worse by admitting they left much AFTER they knew not to go on such a trip and the exact date of departure wasn't very long ago?

#3 | Posted by eberly at 2020-03-31 08:19 PM | Reply

I have a bad feeling about this whole spring break thing, and how the usual youth invincibility affected their decisions.

#4 | Posted by LampLighter at 2020-03-31 09:23 PM | Reply

More details here:

Group of Austin spring breakers tests positive for coronavirus after trip to Mexico
www.khou.com

...The group was part of a JusCollege trip. In an email sent to travelers before the trip, JusCollege said Mexico had far fewer cases of COVID-19 than the U.S.

"We believe that our travel destinations remain among the safest and most enjoyable places in the world to visit right now," the email from JusCollege said.

In another email just before the scheduled trip, JusCollege told travelers its refund policy would not change "as we have already incurred significant costs related to the trip."

"We hope that you choose to enjoy your Spring Break with us - we're currently in our second week of Cabo and have had almost 5,000 travelers, all with no issues," JusCollege said.

Then, in an email four days after students returned, JusCollege alerted travelers to a student experiencing COVID-19 symptoms who tested positive and urged them to self-quarantine. In the email, JusCollege said it was in communication with university officials and medical staff....

According to an official with Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, the spring breakers took a charter flight from the airport on March 14. The majority of them reportedly returned on a charter flight on March 19. Although they were chartered flights, the travelers did go through the terminals at the Austin airport when they departed and returned to Austin....




#5 | Posted by LampLighter at 2020-03-31 09:27 PM | Reply

Point of order: COVID-19 is a disease, not a virus. The virus which causes it is called SARS-CoV-2.

#6 | Posted by sentinel at 2020-03-31 10:38 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Nullifidian isn't scolding them...

Is Nullifidian okay?

#7 | Posted by snoofy at 2020-03-31 10:41 PM | Reply

@#6 ... Point of order: COVID-19 is a disease, not a virus. The virus which causes it is called SARS-CoV-2. ...

Thanks for that fact check.

Unfortunately, the designations you note occurred well after the vernacular had settled into the discussions.

I know I mix them up at times. Which is why I often say "coronavirus" to mean more than it should.

... SARS-CoV-2...

If they really wanted correct usage, they would have called it something like, "Fred" instead of SARS-CoV-2. Good grief, two hyphens that need to be properly placed. :)

#8 | Posted by LampLighter at 2020-03-31 10:48 PM | Reply

Is Nullifidian okay?

Just a sad, hollow shell without Mackris to NW flag...

#9 | Posted by REDIAL at 2020-03-31 10:54 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

Point of order: COVID-19 is a disease, not a virus. The virus which causes it is called SARS-CoV-2.

#6 | POSTED BY SENTINEL

I've been saying it for weeks.

I think COVID just sticks better.

#10 | Posted by jpw at 2020-04-01 01:33 AM | Reply | Funny: 1

Just a sad, hollow shell without Mackris to NW flag...

#9 | POSTED BY REDIAL

#11 | Posted by jpw at 2020-04-01 01:34 AM | Reply

They are young and healthy and will probably be fine, but how many others are they going to infect due to their short-sighted and selfish stupidity?


They were demonstrating conservatism/Republicanism/Drumpfism. This is who right-wingers are. To ask why they are short-sighted and selfishly stupid is to avoid the reality of the situation, which is that those are foundational traits of Republicans.

#12 | Posted by chuffy at 2020-04-01 03:31 AM | Reply

how could one expect them to cancel, though? they'd been planning on getting wasted for 2 or 3 months!

#13 | Posted by berserkone at 2020-04-01 03:55 AM | Reply

they'd been planning on getting wasted for 2 or 3 months!

#13 | Posted by berserkone at 2020-04-01 03:55 AM

Wait until they find out they've also got HIV.

#14 | Posted by Zed at 2020-04-01 09:05 AM | Reply

"They were demonstrating conservatism/Republicanism/Drumpfism. This is who right-wingers are."

They were millennials. In Austin.

It's a pretty safe bet they're BernieBros.

#15 | Posted by madbomber at 2020-04-01 12:11 PM | Reply

"To ask why they are short-sighted and selfishly stupid is to avoid the reality of the situation, which is that those are foundational traits of Republicans."

short-sighted?

Selfishly stupid?

Again, BernieBros.

#16 | Posted by madbomber at 2020-04-01 12:12 PM | Reply

Again, BernieBros.

#16 | Posted by madbomber

Berniebros didn't disband the pandemic response team dumdum. Try again.

From Nurse Pamela, YourSmartRN

I did not write this, but it's very good.

~~~~~~~~~~~~

In December 2013, an 18-month-old boy in Guinea was bitten by a bat. Then there were five more fatal cases. When Ebola spread out of the Guinea borders into neighboring Liberia and Sierra Leone in July 2014, President Obama activated the Emergency Operations Center at the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta. The CDC immediately deployed CDC personnel to West Africa to coordinate a response that included vector tracing, testing, education, logistics and communication.

Altogether, the CDC, under President Obama, trained 24,655 medical workers in West Africa, educating them on how to prevent and control the disease before a single case left Africa or reached the U.S.

Working with the U.N. and the World Health Organization President Obama ordered the re-routing of travelers heading to the U.S. through certain specific airports equipped to handle mass testing.

Back home in America, more than 6,500 people were trained through mock outbreaks and practice scenarios. That was done before a single case hit America.

Three months after President Obama activated this unprecedented response, on September 30, 2014, we got our first case in the U.S. That man had traveled from West Africa to Dallas and had somehow slipped through the testing protocol. He was immediately detected and isolated. He died a week later. Two nurses who tended to him contracted Ebola and later recovered. All the protocols had worked. It was contained.

The Ebola epidemic could have easily become a pandemic. But thanks to the actions of our government under Obama, it never did. Those three cases were the ONLY cases of ebola in our country because Obama did what needed to be done three months before the first case.

Ebola is even more contagious than Covid-19. If Obama had not done these things, millions of Americans would have died awful painful deaths like something out of a horror movie (if you've ever seen how Ebola kills, it's horrific).
It's ironic that BECAUSE President Obama did these things - we forget that he did them, because the disease never reached our shores.

#17 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2020-04-01 12:28 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

Now the story of Covid 19 and Trump's response that we know about so far:

Before anyone even knew about the disease (even in China) Trump disbanded the pandemic response team that Obama had put in place. He cut funding to the CDC. And he cut our contribution to the World Health Organization (WHO).

Trump fired Rear Admiral Timothy Ziemer, the person on the National Security Council in charge of stopping the spread of infectious diseases before they reach our country - a position created by the Obama administration.

When the Outbreak started in China, Trump assumed it was China's problem.

In January he received a briefing from our intelligence organizations that the outbreak was much worse than China was admitting and that it would definitely hit our country if something wasn't done to prevent it. He ignored the report, not trusting our own intelligence.

When the disease spread to Europe, the World Health Organization offered a boatload of tests to the United States. Trump turned them down, saying private companies here would make the tests "better" if we needed them. But he never ordered U.S. companies to make tests and they had no profit motive to do so on their own.

According to scientists at Yale and several public university medical schools, when they asked for permission to start working on our own testing protocol and potential treatments or vaccines, they were denied by Trump's FDA.

When Trump knew about the first case in the United States he did nothing. It was just one case and the patient was isolated. When doctors and scientists started screaming in the media that this was a mistake, Trump claimed it was a "liberal hoax" conjured up to try to make him "look bad after impeachment failed."

The next time Trump spoke of Covid-19, we had 64 confirmed cases but Trump went before microphones and told the America public that we only had 15 cases "and pretty soon that number will be close to zero." All while the disease was spreading. He took no action to get more tests.

What Trump did do is stop flights from China from coming here. This was too late and accomplished nothing according to scientists and doctors. By then the disease was worldwide and was already spreading exponentially in the U.S. by Americans, not Chinese people as Trump would like you to believe.

As of the moment I'm posting this, the morning of March 30, 2020, we have 164,610 CONFIRMED CASES in the U.S. The actual number is undoubtedly much higher but we still don't have reliable access to testing!

#18 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2020-04-01 12:28 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

#17/#18,

Scale it back Champ...just pointing out that UT Austin is not exactly a bastion of Trumpism...and these little scamps, if they were political, were almost certainly B-Bros.

#19 | Posted by madbomber at 2020-04-01 12:58 PM | Reply

were almost certainly B-Bros.

#19 | Posted by madbomber

Cool, and maybe they were all your mom, since we're just IMAGINING what we WISH was true now and presenting it as fact.

#20 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2020-04-01 01:11 PM | Reply

They are young and healthy and will probably be fine, but how many others are they going to infect due to their short-sighted and selfish stupidity?

#1 | POSTED BY JEFFJ

YOUR President and YOUR Fox News told them Coronavirus was nothing to worry about.

Why the hell do you blame the kids for doing exactly what they were told was okay by your idiot Republican friends?

#21 | Posted by Sycophant at 2020-04-01 01:15 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

"We believe that our travel destinations remain among the safest and most enjoyable places in the world to visit right now," the email from JusCollege said.

In another email just before the scheduled trip, JusCollege told travelers its refund policy would not change "as we have already incurred significant costs related to the trip."

This sounds like something that could cost this company a lot of money when the lawsuits hit. I think by that point, most airlines were offering refunds and free changes. There is no question in my mind that at least some of the students' decisions were influenced by these statements. Seems fairly reckless of the company.

Interestingly, they're owned by a "word-of-mouth" advertising firm Verve, who got bought out by a holding company Media and Games Invest. Who knows who owns that.

From their LinkedIn profile: "In 2018 JusCollege was acquired by Verve. Verve exists to elevate lives by bringing everyone closer to the things they love. We're building a global platform for 16-28 year olds to discover and buy through aspirational brands from their network"

I think there may be a "reorganization" on the horizon.

#22 | Posted by StatsPlease at 2020-04-01 05:36 PM | Reply

"This sounds like something that could cost this company a lot of money when the lawsuits hit."

I expect some kind of blanket pardon or retroactive immumity for businesses that engaged in risky behavior.

Maybe some sort of COVID-19 Superfund.

I kinda don't see any other way.

The spike in lawsuits will echo the spike un unemployment claims. The courts will never be able to clear that.

#23 | Posted by snoofy at 2020-04-01 06:04 PM | Reply

"Scale it back Champ...just pointing out that UT Austin is not exactly a bastion of Trumpism"

Nullifidian must be in trouble if he's not here to scold the stupid liberal Millennials* for acting like dumb selfish entitled kids.

*Yes I'm aware.

#24 | Posted by snoofy at 2020-04-01 06:07 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

Nullifidian must be in trouble if he's not here to scold the stupid liberal Millennials* for acting like dumb selfish entitled kids.

#24 | POSTED BY SNOOFY

Do you have any idea how time consuming cooking Meth is?

Lay off the poor guy.

#25 | Posted by Sycophant at 2020-04-01 06:17 PM | Reply

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