In March, Florida hosted it’s annual slate of college Spring break parties and events.
If past numbers are any indication, that means nearly 1,000,000 kids descended upon the state to party, hang out, and do what kids do during Spring break.
Florida took it on the chin for letting it go on this year. There was a public outcry against how thoughtless and irresponsible it was to let this go on.
Over the past few days, I was wondering if anyone tracked just how many kids died because they attended Florida’s Spring break. So I searched Google (as one does).
Just in time, the New York Times (which apparently decided this is the weekend to start establishing blame for all things COVID squarely on all Republicans) published a story on what they see as the toll leaving the state open has taken.
From the way the article is written, the conclusion is clear. It was very irresponsible and bad. But was it?
A quick read only reported two deaths, one 40-year-old Lyft driver and one 65-year-old event volunteer. There was no mention of any confirmed deaths beyond that. My guess is, there weren’t any direct deaths to party goers, or they would have definitely found them.
My question: did the Spring breakers go home, get sick themselves, and infect everyone around them? If so, how many of those people died? Or, did they get sick, build antibodies against the disease, and spread that?
Herd immunity is slowly becoming a valid consideration in the fight against the virus. People are being forced to consider the possibility that we’re slowly building natural immunity, as we do to most other viral diseases.
Could these kids have all infected each other and collectively gotten over it? Are they now all immune?
What if their mass exposure and then dispersal to the rest of the country was a good thing?
Oh, and incidentally, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis is a Republican. The New York Times just wants to make sure you know that. In fact, I think it was the point of the article.