Winter is almost over, and spring is almost here! And that means that spring break is just around the corner. Spring break was created to relax, travel, and do other fun activities now that the days are starting to get longer. However, just because we’re getting into vacation mode doesn’t mean that bacteria and viruses are. Here are three things we’re asking ourselves before we head out for spring break.
Is it safe to travel this year for spring break?
We’ve been seeing a decline in COVID cases since the holidays have been over and increasing vaccination rates are helping cities stay safe, but experts are still unsure if it’s safe to travel. There are a lot of factors that can impact whether it’s safe to travel this year. These factors include how many people are traveling to the same location and if these locations have a high number of COVID cases. If you’re planning to travel this spring break, it’s best to choose a destination that has a low number of COVID cases, and the percentage of vaccinated people is high. To determine if your chosen destination is safe to travel you can check out the Johns Hopkins University & Medicine’s Coronavirus Resource Center.
Will COVID cases spike after spring break?
Experts are arguing that most likely we will see a spike in COVID cases in the weeks following spring break this year. How does this compare to last year? We’re not sure since there were still many travel restrictions, and most universities and colleges were operating on a hybrid model during the spring semester. Most students who lived on campus and traveled during spring break were also required to quarantine when they came back. With many states, universities, and colleges easing up on COVID restrictions and mandates, we are more than likely going to see some sort of rise in cases.
How can I travel safely?
Here are a few things the CDC recommends keeping you safe during your travels.
- Make sure you are up to date on your COVID-19 (or any) vaccine. Keeping up with vaccines keeps you protected from infectious diseases especially in countries where diseases like the measles are still prevalent.
- Check travel requirements and recommendations for your travel destination. Do you need to be vaccinated or show a negative test? Will you have to wear mask and social distance? Knowing these things ahead of time will help keep your travels moving smoothly.
- Protect yourself by wearing a face mask and social distancing when around large numbers of people. And don’t forget to wash or sanitize your hands often and disinfect your phone when you can.
We may still be in the middle of a pandemic but that doesn’t mean we can’t travel and experience new things. Taking the necessary precautions will ensure the safety of you and others. We wish everyone a safe and fun spring break!