As college campuses around the country struggled with outbreaks of coronovirus, videos and photos posted on Saturday show students attending large parties – with no social disturbances and few masks – With the return of football at Florida State University and the University of Kansas.
One Video shared on Twitter on Saturday It appears that there was a screen recording of the Snapchat Post, in which dozens of students without masks in Thalassi, Florida, were stirred together for FSU-branded attire, drinking, and socializing. The five-second video has not been verified by NBC News.
It has been viewed over 1 million times as of Sunday and Shared by notable people like actor Kumail Nanjiani And Florida Rape. Anna V. Escamani
State Congressmen tweeted, “Students – you are not immune to # COVID19.”
Similar photos and videos were shared outside Lawrence, Kansas, where University of Kansas students gathered at large-sized house parties on Mississippi Street, just minutes from the school’s stadium.
The youth were seen together dancing and cheering on the front porch of a house. Most attendees did not appear wearing masks, based on photos and videos shared on social media on Saturday.
It is not clear whether either of the two parties was housed in student accommodation or associated with student organizations.
NBC News viewed videos of the same parties in Tallahassee and Lawrence on Snapchat’s Snap Map, where the platform hosts hosts that are geotagged at specific locations 24 hours before a photo or video ends. NBC News considers those videos to be verified by the platform.
Both universities were among the schools chosen to resume their football programs and both played their first home game on Saturday. The University of Kansas played at Coastal Carolina University and Florida State against Georgia Tech.
Florida State University, Thalassi Police Department, University of Kansas and Lawrence Police Department did not immediately respond to requests for comment from NBC News on Sunday morning.
According to data collected by NBC News, the United States has seen more than 6.5 million coronovirus cases this year and more than 194,000 people have died of the disease.
The fall semester has only begun, but colleges and universities have struggled to control the outbreak of coronaviruses on campus and to prevent students from disobeying social distilling guidelines to prevent community spread.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, the country’s leading infectious disease specialist who has been the public face of the epidemic response this year, has warned universities not to send students home amid student outbreaks. He told NBC’s “Today” show on Wednesday that it was “the worst thing you can do.”
“When you send them home, especially when you are working with a university where people come from many different places, you can plant seedlings in different places with infections,” Fauci said .
Some have criticized colleges for the decision to resume in-learning, knowing that young adults may engage in risky behavior by disregarding social distance guidelines.
Schools that set unrealistic expectations on their students’ behavior upon arrival on campus were unsuccessful, Julia Marcus, an infectious disease epidemiologist at Harvard Medical School, told NBC News last week.
“If universities really want students to hold indoor parties, they need to provide opportunities for students to stay socially connected who are at low risk”, Marcus said.
Mohammad syed has contributed.