Many spring breakers say Coronavirus outbreak doesn't change their plans

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PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Families, schools, cities and others across our country are taking steps to prepare for the coronavirus outbreak.

Many are on high alert due to the coronavirus outbreak but several spring breakers in our area say it's not a big deal to them and doesn't affect their plans. (WJHG/WECP)

However, many spring breakers are taking a step back to relax, despite the outbreak.

"I'm not really too concerned about it just take precautions that tell you to wash your hands stuff like that,” said University of Georgia student Matt Switzer.

Some students in town for spring break say their schools have switched to online classes, given out information about the outbreak and made other preparations to keep them safe.

Lourdes University Nursing student Stacee Dohm believes many are blowing the situation out of proportion.

"Statistically more people die from the flu than they do the coronavirus. The most important thing is hand hygiene and university precautions, just make sure you're washing your hands. I think it's like a lot of mass hysteria,” said Dohm.

According to the CDC more people have been infected with the flu and died from it this year. However, many experts say COVID-19 has a higher death rate than the flu, although many argue there isn't enough data yet on the coronavirus to say for sure.

Now Dohm said she's seen prices for flights go down since the outbreak started and a few of her friends are considering taking even more trips.

"I've gotten a few notifications that prices have dropped. I'm not scared to travel. I'm 21, I keep myself fairly healthy,” said Dohm.

Some spring breakers like Dohm say they'll miss the feel of being on campus and in the classroom when spring break is over and they hope the outbreak ends soon.
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