Opinion: Now Is Not The Time To Travel

As coronavirus mutations are spreading rapidly across the country, now might not be the best time to plan a spring break vacation.

For about a year, the world has been faced with a difficult situation. It’s been a taxing year, especially for college students. Stress built up from school, career decisions, a toxic political climate, it makes sense that people want to have a relaxing vacation away from home. However, I urge you to reconsider traveling for Spring Break. 

According to the Centers for Disease Control, there have been over 27 million cases of COVID-19, including 489,067 deaths. Additionally, variants of the original strand have been found in almost all 50 states. As the vaccine is administered to front-line workers and the elderly first, it might be a while until the majority of the population gets fully vaccinated. Until that day arrives there are simple things that everyone can do that will slow down the spread of this deadly disease: wear a mask, wash your hands, social distance, and do not travel unless it’s absolutely necessary. 

Spring Break 2020 was filled with wild parties and packed pools. People all over the country packed popular tourist sites like Florida, Mexico, and California. Some people did not heave the warning about the seriousness of the pandemic, spring break travel resulted in a superspreader event. If people continue these trends of large gatherings and mass travel the pandemic will continue taking the lives of loved ones.

By now we have all seen videos of large gatherings all over the country. It’s ridiculous that with a year into the pandemic people are still willing to put others at risk. Traveling not only affects the people who you are traveling with, but locals, staff members, and essential workers. We must hold each other accountable. Although there are now tougher restrictions, it does not ensure the safety of all guests.

If you are planning to travel, please remember to bring hand sanitizer and always wear a mask over your nose and mouth. Also, be aware of your surroundings and social distance. People can make the most of their spring break with a staycation or find activities to do that are outdoors.

Traveling is not worth risking the lives of family, friends, and community members. If we all do our part, maybe we can return to normal life soon. Instead of trying to adapt to life with COVID-19, let’s work together to end it. For more information about preventing the spread of the coronavirus visit the CDC website.