Adults who are 65 and above are at a higher risk compared to youngsters. However, it does not mean they are free from suffering a severe case of the virus.
The coronavirus has claimed thousands of lives across the globe and administrations have warned the public against venturing out in crowded places. Moreover, they have stressed the importance of isolation to prevent the further spread of the deadly virus. However, despite these strict guidelines, some millennials have decided to defy them and have crowded at beaches across the country to enjoy their spring break.
According to Business Insider, thousands of spring breakers decided to let loose and party at famous Florida, Texas and other beaches across the country despite the government's recommendation to limit public gatherings. Videos that surfaced the internet showed these youngsters enjoying the best time of their lives swimming, surfing, partying and sunbathing at beaches including the Clearwater Beach, a hot spot of spring breakers in Florida. As per the latest CDC statistics, there are about 299 reported cases in Florida. In the country as a whole, there are 10,442 possible cases of COVID-19 and 150 have lost their lives to the virus.
Meanwhile, the videos of beachgoers received widespread backlash. Following the footsteps of Miami and Fort Lauderdale, authorities at the Clearwater Beach temporarily shut down the area to prevent the flow of more people. the Clearwater city council announced that the beaches would remain closed for two weeks. However, there are other beaches that still remain open in the Florida region. South Padre Island in Texas is also witnessing a huge influx even after a Michigan couple who traveled to the destination tested positive.
Sorry, Spring Breakers, your party is over on Miami Beach: They crowded beaches and crammed nightclubs — US students with more affinity for Corona beer than coronavirus, and who for days ignored recommendations to keep their distance from each other as a… https://t.co/sAIdMd0RIf pic.twitter.com/zdH99O6CFE— NotComey (@notComey) March 19, 2020
Students are also traveling to the Bahamas and Panama City Beach ignoring the concerns raised by the administrators and health officials. “I’m not saying I can’t die from it. I just don’t want to stop living my life because you only have one. YOLO: You only live once,” said one 21-year-old spring breaker, according to Business Insider. "If I get corona, I get corona. At the end of the day, I'm not going to let it stop me from partying," said another, according to USA Today.
The attitude of these students is a threat to the population of the country especially those at a higher risk. According to the CDC, with a much weaker immune system, adults who are 65 and above are at a higher risk.
The organization stated that 8 out of 10 deaths reported in the US were those of adults who were 65 years old and older. Adults with pre-existing conditions such as heart diseases, diabetes, and lung diseases are also more vulnerable than the rest of the population. “Immune function is not as robust as it is in younger people. Studies over the years have shown that in most people, their immune function is pretty okay in their 60s, or even in their 70s. The immune functions go down rather quickly after age 75 or 80,” stated Sean Leng, a geriatrician and a professor of medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, according to Vox.
“If I get corona, I get corona. At the end of the day, I'm not gonna let it stop me from partying”: Spring breakers are still flocking to Miami, despite coronavirus warnings. https://t.co/KoYKI8zNDH pic.twitter.com/rfPfea1LrC— CBS News (@CBSNews) March 18, 2020
With an ignorant attitude, these youngsters are potential carriers of the virus. In addition to that, they can harm themselves. According to Statnews, the World Health Organization emphasized that the cases of severe cases of COVID-19 were not just restricted to older people. “The idea that this is a disease that causes death in older people, we need to be very, very careful with. Physicians again in Italy will attest to this, and in Korea. This isn’t just a disease of the elderly. There is no question that younger, healthier people experience an overall less serious disease. But a significant number of otherwise healthy adults can develop a more severe form of the disease,” said Mike Ryan, the head of the WHO’s emergency program, according to Statnews.
WATCH: Drone video shows beachgoers in Miami amid coronavirus guidance. pic.twitter.com/2kcNZjUhZI— The Hill (@thehill) March 19, 2020
These warnings from experts make it essential for the public irrespective of age to practice social distancing and isolation that are vital to curbing the ongoing pandemic.