As spring break approaches, public health experts urge caution

As spring break approaches, public health experts urge caution

The outlook for a pandemic in the United States continues to improve, with confirmed cases of Covid-19 dropping for the sixth week in a row and deaths declining in the past three weeks. But spring break is on the horizon, leading to a potential increase in travel, which has public health experts worried about the consequences if people don’t stay vigilant.

Anxiety over spring break travel is increasing after a particularly bleak few months when the number of cases, hospitalizations and deaths increased dramatically after the holiday season. And with several strains of the coronavirus circulating in the country – including some variants believed to be more transmissible – some experts fear that spring break escapades threaten recent progress.

“Any event involving increased travel and people relaxing preventative measures is of concern,” said Amber D’Souza, professor of epidemiology at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

D’Souza said the patterns that have emerged over the past year demonstrate how the trajectory of the pandemic is driven by changes in behavior. For example, when places have severe epidemics, people usually react by …

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