Spring-Breakers Chose To Ignore Covid-10 Warnings, Here's How It Worked Out For Them

March 23, 2020
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It hasn't even been a week since reports rolled in that college students were going forward with their Spring break party plans despite White House urging social distancing. Some students when questioned stated that if they get sick they'll just 'keep on partying'. Well, test results are starting to trickle in and it's not good.

For Amy Driscoll, who has spent the last week quarantined as she recovers from the novel coronavirus, their decisions to follow through with their spring break plans were particularly "frustrating," she said.

"I have a large extended family and everybody is pulling in, hunkered down, holding on … trying not to get this, trying to make sure my parents don't get this, trying to make sure everyone that we love is safe," Driscoll, from Hudson, Ohio, told ABC News. "And then you see all these people out just partying and living life and carefree in a way that's irresponsible and not fair."

"You know, I don't think they realize how serious this can be," she continued. "It's brutal when you get it."

In a post on social media, the University of Tampa revealed that at least a half dozen students from the school tested positive for COVID-19 after attending spring break festivities either locally or abroad.

“One student was traveling internationally and was tested at the Dickey Health and Wellness Center on March 16. The student is self-isolating off campus, and has not been hospitalized,” the university said in a statement. “Five students were traveling together and with other UT students during spring break. One of the students did not return to campus after spring break, and four returned to campus. All are self-isolating – the latter four on campus — and none have been hospitalized.”

The reason why governments around the world are trying to limit the spread of the disease concerns the severe cases which have to be admitted into hospitals, with treatments including intubation and ventilation of the patient. The more people get infected, the higher the number of severe cases that need to be admitted to intensive care. And that’s the kind of thing that can lead to the collapse of local medical systems.

Without a cure, social distancing is key to allow the virus time to die back. At least to the point that we don't make the same mistake as Italy and shutdown our healthcare system.

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