The threat of catching COVID-19 has forced a number of high profile events to cancel, but it hasn’t stopped college kids from honoring their spring break plans.

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Experts have said the best way to stop the spread of coronavirus is to immediately distance ourselves from other people to an extreme extent. That’s why schools have closed, bars and restaurants have shut down, and many jobs have switched to allowing people to work from home.

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With an incubation period of up to two weeks, and many young people never showing any symptoms at all, this is the only way to truly limit the number of folks who get unknowingly infected. Shutting down society is inconvenient for everyone, but it’s what you do to save lives.

But apparently, some people just can’t be bothered to do their part.

A recent video from CBS News puts the stupidity of these reckless party-goers on full display through a series of interviews about why they showed up to Miami despite the state of the world.

“If I get corona, I get corona,” slurs a guy in a backwards hat, identified as Brady Sluder. “At the end of the day, I’m not going to let it stop me from partying. You know, I’ve been waiting, we’ve been waiting for Miami spring break for awhile. About two months, we’ve had this trip planned, two, three months, and we’re just out here having a good time. Whatever happens, happens.”

The other spring breakers interviewed in Miami seem to have the same outlook as Brady.

“It’s really messing up with my spring break,” complains Brianna Leeder. “What is there to do here but go to the bars or the beach? And they’re closing all of it. I think they’re blowing it way out of proportion. I think it’s doing way too much.”

A man in sunglasses identified as Atlantis Walker shares Leeder’s sentiment that shutting down places for crowds to congregate is going too far. 

“What they’re doing is bad, we need a refund. This virus ain’t that serious,” he says, before trying to shift the conversation. “There’s more serious things out there like hunger and poverty and we need to address that.”

It continues: college kids just trying to get drunk before everything closes and hanging out with strangers they just met, sometimes in shared AirBnBs. It’s the typical fun of a wild spring break, just unwisely in the middle of a worldwide pandemic.

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People online were armed and ready to share their opinions on how idiotic these kids are to keep partying while we’re trying to contain the spread of coronavirus.

And many were frustrated by the audacity to not cancel one spring break to potentially save a ton of lives.
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And we all know this video is not going to age well.

But, it may not be possible to put all the blame squarely on the shoulders of these zoomers.

Either way, stay home, kids. Seriously. Your grandparents will thank you.

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*First Published: March 19, 2020, 6:42 am