Health experts urge Spring Breakers to use caution while traveling during pandemic
It is spring break time in New Jersey, with many school districts off next week and the week after.
Scenes during college spring break in Miami have been posted on social media and on the news showing crowds of young people gathered together to party without masks on.
Health experts say that travel like this – especially when it involves drinking, dancing and shouting – is high-risk. Family vacations like heading to visit loved ones or destinations for quite trips are considered to be lower-risk.
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But anyone traveling for any type of trip should be urged to use caution in airports, on planes and at their destination.
“When you are at your destination - be safe. Masking is probably the most important thing to prevent the spread of the virus,” says Lewis Nelson of Rutgers Medical School. “Keeping your hands clean, sanitized or washed is important as well. And it's bad to be in a crowd. If you are in a crowd, wear a mask."
Nelson says that his biggest concern is the rise of COVID-19 variants. He urges all travelers to take extra precaution when they return to New Jersey.