Colleges are extending spring breaks amid the coronavirus, and students are taking advantage of the cheap flights amid travel fears to book low-cost trips

Students carry boxes to their dorms at Harvard University, after the school asked its students not to return to campus after Spring Break and said it would move to virtual instruction for graduate and undergraduate classes, in Cambridge, Massachusetts, U.S., March 10, 2020. REUTERS/Brian Snyder
  • Colleges across the country are extending students’ spring breaks in an effort to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
  • Some students are taking advantage of the extra time off and cheap flights caused amid travel fears to book low-cost trips.
  • Students are booking trips domestically and internationally, despite the health risks of COVID-19.
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Some students say they’re willing to risk exposure to COVID-19 if it means the chance to experience a low-cost spring break trip.

Precautions against coronavirus have intensified worldwide with more events such as conferences, music festivals, and community gatherings shutting down after The World Health Organisation declared the coronavirus outbreak a pandemic Wednesday.

The announcement was soon followed by President Donald Trump declaring a 30-day travel ban for most travel into the US from Europe. Travel plans for business trips, vacations, and study abroad opportunities have been put into disarray since the announcement.

Students’ time in the classroom is also being impacted by the coronavirus. As some colleges extend their spring breaks as a preventative measure to combat the virus’ spread, some students are taking advantage of the extra time off to book cheap flights for impromptu spring break trips.

“I got an extended spring break and online class for 3 weeks,” one Twitter user wrote. “DM me flights ASAP.”^tfw

Even though the novel coronavirus, which originated in Wuhan, China, has killed more than 4,700 people and infected over 128,000 and spread to more than 100 other countries, some students are willing to take the risk to travel.

While coronavirus poses a bigger risk for people 60 and older, young people are not immune to the virus – particularly if they have underlying health conditions. But for some younger generations, the opportunity of experience is worth the risk.

“Fr I might go somewhere for spring break,” another user said. “These flights is cheap. IDC IDC!^tfw^tfw