'Ain't that serious': Miami spring breakers party on
It's one of many public health questions facing the United States:
how to convince party-hungry spring breakers to take the coronavirus seriously and opt for social distancing, instead of the beach.
In Miami, bars, restaurants and nightclubs will close from 11 p.m. local time on Tuesday night, but Brady Sluder from Ohio vowed to keep partying.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) BRADY SLUDER, SPRING-BREAKER FROM OHIO, SAYING:
"If I get corona, I get corona. "At the end of the day, I'm not going to let it stop me from partying."
Miami will shut movie theaters, gyms and other businesses to discourage gatherings of more than 10 people.
Officials fear that otherwise, people could help spread COVID-19.
Authorities say that young adults are just as likely to be infected - even if they are less likely to become severely ill.
But Brianna Smith, a 21-year-old from Wisconsin, complained the measures were too drastic.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) BRIANNA LEEDER, 21-YEAR-OLD SPRING-BREAKER, FROM WISCONSIN, SAYING:
"It's really messing up with my spring break. What is there to do here other than 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."
Others voiced frustration Miami's iconic South Beach was closed off.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) ATLANTIS WALKER, 21-YEAR-OLD SPRING-BREAKER FROM INDIANA, SAYING:
"What they're doing is bad, we need a refund. This virus ain't that serious. There's more serious things out there like hunger and poverty, we need to address that."
Health authorities say the virus IS serious.
And U.S. President Donald Trump's tone has changed dramatically on the pandemic from initiatlly playing it down, to suddenly urging urgent action and asking for sledgehammer $1 trillion dollars in stimulus to fight the crisis.
It's already killed more than 100 people across the country and now, cases have been reported in all 50 states.