The coronavirus pandemic has brought the entire world to a complete standstill.
As the death rates rapidly rise per day, more and more people are falling into a mass panic.
But it seems that not everyone is feeling this panic after recent scenes at a Florida beach during Spring Break.
Keep scrolling to find out more about these reckless Spring Breakers...
We are in the midst of a medical crisis.
via: GettyThe deadly coronavirus, or COVID-19, as medical experts are referring to it, has taken our planet hostage, and is showing no signs of letting go anytime soon.
What exactly is COVID-19, and just how dangerous is it?
via: GettyAccording to the World Health Organization, COVID-19 is a new strain of coronaviruses that had not been previously been identified in humans.
The virus primarily affects the respiratory system...
via: GettyAnd common symptoms include fever, coughing, shortness of breath, and breathing difficulties.
But, in more severe cases...
via: GettyAnd in patients who are elderly and have existing health issues, the virus can lead to pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure, and even death.
Close to 100,000 people all over the world have now been infected with the virus...
via: Getty223, 104 to be precise. And, devastatingly, a staggering 9,149 more have been reported to have died from the illness.
It's a dire situation.
via: GettyAnd many have been asking the same thing - where did this virus actually come from?
Well, the virus is believed to have originated in Wuhan, China.
via: GettyOn December 31st, 2019, China alerted the World Health Organization of several flu-like cases in Wuhan.
And where did it come from?
via: GettyMany different theories have been proposed, but it is now widely believed to have originated from the sale of meat from wild animals, especially bats, where the virus has been discovered in the past.
It only took a month for the World Health Organization to declare a global emergency...
via: GettyWhich was done in an attempt to combat the virus and enable countries to put in strict measures to prevent any further spread.
But these attempts were to little avail...
via: GettyBecause, fast forward 3 months, and nearly every major country in the world has been infected by the virus, with some of the worst affected being Japan, South Korea, Russia, Italy, Iran, and Spain.
World leaders have been left with little choice but to bring their countries to a total stand-still...
via: GettyAnd many have banned large and crowded events, and any travel to and from infected countries.
Italy has even gone into total lockdown...
via: GettyLeaving their streets completely deserted.
And it didn't take long for the virus to reach us here in the States.
via: GettyOur first case of COVID-19 was confirmed in Washington in late January after a citizen returned from a trip to China.
And, since then, the numbers have been rising at a frightening pace.
via: GettySince the first COVID-19 patient in Washington, there have been 4,094 more confirmed cases across the country and seventy-one deaths.
Several cities have declared states of emergencies...
via: GettyAnd, on Friday, President Trump declared a national emergency to combat the coronavirus pandemic, freeing up $50 billion in federal funding and promising a screening website and drive-by tests.
His move came after the World Health Organization confirmed COVID-19 as a pandemic last week.
via: GettyFYI... A pandemic is a disease that is spreading in multiple countries around the world at the same time.
He also announced a temporary travel ban...
via: GettyWhich prohibits any travel between the United States and any European country, including the United Kingdom and Ireland.
Yep, things are getting pretty serious.And many people have been descending into mass hysteria over the risks the virus brings with it.
The importance of self-isolation has been stressed globally...
via: GettyAnd it has been proven that locking down public areas and avoiding social situations has helped reduce the chances of spreading the already out of control virus.
But it seems that not everyone feels the need to abide by these suggestions...
via: WFLA News Channel 8Recent scenes at the Clearwater Beach in Florida shows that a lot of people have completely disregarded these global warnings.
Images from the white-sand beach showed spring breakers enjoying the sun last weekend...
via: WFLA News Channel 8And even though many beaches in this area have been closed due to the pandemic, visitors still flocked anyway.
Nothing seems to be stopping the spring breakers...
via: GettyAnd even police warnings haven't fazed the revelers.
Some people just don't quite realize the extent of this situation...With 328 positive cases of coronavirus in the state of Florida, many of whom are teens or in their early twenties, the Centers for Disease Control has advised that all events with more than 50 people attending should be canceled - meaning people need to start taking this very seriously.
But clearly, the Spring Breakers just don't care.
via: CBS Evening NewsCBS Evening News posted a video on Twitter of a young man partying in Miami for Spring Break. He said, "If I get corona, I get corona. At the end of the day, I'm not gonna let it stop me from partying! I've been waiting a while... we've been waiting for Miami Spring Break... for about 2 months."
These people just want to "have some fun," regardless of the global pandemic.
via: CBS Evening News"We're just out here having a good time, whatever happens... happens and with the bars being closed, well find alternatives and unfortunately that sucks but we'll find ways to have fun," the drunken man continued to say.
They then interviewed a young woman...
via: CBS Evening News"It's really messing up with my Spring Break, what is there to do here other than go to the bars and the beach? And they're closing all of it... I think they're blowing it way out of proportion," she (unbelievably) said.
Another woman also seemed very unphased...
via: CBS Evening News"We're going to enjoy ourselves, we're having parties all-day - It's my birthday, it's St. Patrick's Day... turn up!"
It seems that everyone who is enjoying Spring Break has no idea how serious this pandemic is.
via: CBS Evening News"They doing us bad... we need a refund," another Spring Breaker casually said. "This virus ain't that serious."
Of course, these comments have angered a lot of people.
@CBSEveningNews Young and stupid. There’s just no polite way to respond to this level of self-absorption.— JJMahoney (@JJMahoney)1584559075.0
Many are offended by their selfishness...
@CBSEveningNews The stupidity, selfishness, & contemptible shallowness of their attitudes and lives is beyond the p… https://t.co/dIEl5sB09e— Mark Hughes (@Mark Hughes)1584562496.0
Watch the shocking video here...
"I'm not gonna let it stop me from partying": Some spring break visitors in South Florida lamented the restricted a… https://t.co/9kOPGNasYq— CBS Evening News (@CBS Evening News)1584558569.0