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Guests dance to DJ music in March 2020. Photo: Sean Drakes/Getty Images

64 college-aged people who were on a spring break trip to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico in late March contracted COVID-19, with one-fifth showing symptoms, a Wednesday case study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows.

Why it matters: The report reveals how universities that are planning to reopen this fall must prepare for clusters of cases that could easily spread among groups of young, healthy students.

The big picture: Young people can contract and spread the coronavirus with mild to no symptoms, endangering more vulnerable populations when they travel or do not seriously practice social distancing measures.

  • In March, a University of Texas at Austin student tested positive for the coronavirus with cough, sore throat and shortness of breath, followed by two other positive cases.
  • Contact tracers found the students were a part of a cluster of 64 positive cases (28%) out of 183 travelers that returned from a spring break trip the week before.
  • Several other cases were from students' roommates and their community.

What to watch: Outbreaks could occur on college campuses in the fall if good contact tracing resources are not implemented to track and isolate people, the CDC warns.

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Trump to quarantine after Hope Hicks tests positive for coronavirus

Hope Hicks on Sept. 30, pictured with (L-R) White House aides Nicholas Luna, Dan Scavino and Senior Advisors Jared Kushner and Stephen Miller. Photo: ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS/AFP via Getty Images

President Trump tweeted Thursday that he and First Lady Melania Trump "will begin our quarantine process" after adviser Hope Hicks tested positive for coronavirus.

Driving the news: Trump confirmed to Fox News host Sean Hannity Thursday night that Hicks tested positive for the virus, and said both he and First Lady Melania Trump have since been tested and are awaiting their results.

The president is infected

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President Trump, who had talked and acted like he was medically invincible, tweeted just before 1am that he and First Lady Melania Trump had tested positive for coronavirus.

Why it matters: The shocking announcement has personal, political, medical, financial and national security ramifications. Election Day is 32 days away. Markets hate uncertainty, and we now have the biggest X factor in the world.

Updated Jan 18, 2021 - Politics & Policy

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Illustration: Annelise Capossela/Axios

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  2. Politics: Empire State Building among hundreds to light up in Biden inauguration coronavirus tribute.
  3. Vaccine: Fauci: 100 million doses in 100 days is "absolutely" doable.
  4. Economy: Unemployment filings explode again.
  5. Tech: Kids' screen time sees a big increase.

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