As Numbers Rise, Virus Deniers Persist

'Irrational fear,' is the refrain from those who think the threat is exaggerated
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 20, 2020 9:21 AM CDT

(Newser) – Call them the "virus deniers." Some think COVID-19 is a media-fueled hoax, others say the virus is real but the reaction to it is way out of proportion—put Lost star Evangeline Lilly in this camp—and still others (such as young spring-breakers) have been brazenly ignoring pleas to stop congregating. Coverage:

  • Spring break: One group getting a lot of attention is college students bent on partying despite the outbreak. This video via CBS was in wide circulation, featuring a guy 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." The party may be harder to find, though: While Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has declined to close beaches, local officials in Miami Beach, Fort Lauderdale, and elsewhere are doing so on their own, reports NBC News. DeSantis did, however, close bars and nightclubs, ordered a limit of gatherings to 10 people, and declared that "spring break's done" on Thursday, per CNN and Fox13.

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