While the U.S. COVID-19vaccine rollout has seen milestones in recent weeks as inoculations steadily increase, the pandemic is not over yet. Doctors and public health officials are warning Americans — particularly young adults gearing up for spring break — to slow down and think responsibly.
“It’s kind of like the perfect storm — you’re going to have a mix of alcohol, young kids and a potentially deadly virus that don’t all mix well,” Dr. Ron Elfenbien said on CBSN Monday. “Kids are going to be kids. They want to go out and party and have a good time and drink and fraternize and associate with each other and be in close proximity with each other. Obviously the problem with that is we are in the middle of a global pandemic.”
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has warned about the risks as some states begin to relax pandemic-related health restrictions.
CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said in a March 1 press conference that “we stand to completely lose the hard-earned ground we have gained” by dropping measures like mask mandates amid the spread of more infectious COVID-19 variants.
Elfenbien expressed concern over how one of those strains will mix with spring break travelers.
“The problem is that there is this variant we have been talking about sometimes, this B.1.1.7 variant, the U.K. variant, that is 50-60% more infectious than the ‘usual’ variant we have been talking about for so long,” he explained.