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Mystery ‘unknown number’ of college students returned to school after catching coronavirus on Spring Break

A FRIGHTENING number of college students have returned to school after being infected with the coronavirus during Spring Break.

School officials in Wisconsin, Texas and many other states are imploring young adults to get tested for COVID-19.

Nearly 200,000 people in the US have been infected.

Experts believe that number will rise much higher, especially if people don't use caution and self-quarantine.

The University of Wisconsin-Madison said it has received reports of students returning from Spring Break who have tested positive.

"If you traveled for Spring Break, whether or not you have symptoms, it is imperative that you observe a 14-day self-quarantine," health officials at the school said.

"You should not report to work nor should you travel to a different location; remain at your current location.

"Symptoms of COVID-19 primarily include fatigue, cough, fever, and shortness of breath.

"Some people will experience other symptoms like sore throat, runny nose, nausea, or headache."

Many UW-Madison students who had tested positive had traveled to the Alabama Gulf Shores for vacation, according to We Are Green Bay.

In addition, 28 students at the University of Texas at Austin who vacationed in Mexico have tested positive for the coronavirus, TV station KXAN reports.

There were about 70 young adults on the trip and many of them are under public health scrutiny.

“The virus often hides in the healthy and is given to those who are at grave risk of being hospitalized or dying,” Dr. Mark Escott of Austin Public Health told the station.

“While younger people have less risk for complications, they are not immune from severe illness and death from COVID-19."

University spokesperson JB Bird added that "the incident is a reminder of the vital importance of taking seriously the warnings of public health authorities on the risks of becoming infected with COVID-19 and spreading it to others."

The US death toll from the coronavirus soared past 3,800 today, passing China's official count.

Experts fear that up to 200,000 in the US may die from the virus.

More than 850,000 have been infected around the world.

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