Spring safety

Tips on how to stay healthy over spring break

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While in Miami, sophomore Allison Vohs and brother Anthony Vohs enjoy the beautiful beaches. “It is really nice to finally be able to go on trips again, I enjoyed my time here a lot,” Anthony Vohs said. The two plan to take more family vacations in the future.

Ally Vohs, Staff Writer

Despite everyday life starting to feel normal again, it doesn’t mean vacationers have the luxury to stop taking precautions, especially when travelling.

Many haven’t been able to enjoy trips with friends and family since before quarantine. As long as a spring breaker stays safe, this break is a great way to create more memories and take a much needed vacation.

Restaurants

 The lowest risk options for going out to eat, include: drive-throughs, delivery and curbside pickup, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The least amount of face to face encounters happen this way.

When dining on site at restaurants, take advantage of outdoor seating if available and refrain from sharing food with others. Make sure the restaurant is seating people at least six feet apart and disinfecting tables after each customer to reduce the spread of Covid-19. Also, always remember to wash hands before eating in public; It’s beneficial to keep hand sanitizer and disinfecting wipes on hand.

Masks or face shields remain crucial to wear properly at all times when not actively eating or drinking. The CDC strongly recommends masks to reduce the risk of Covid-19 spreading.

Airports and public transportation

When at airports or on public transportationsuch as: planes, taxis and busesfollow mask mandates. Most importantly, remain a safe distance away from others when possible.

Try to limit contact with surfaces that are commonly touchedsuch as elevator buttons, vending machines, kiosks and handrailsaccording to mayoclinic.org. After coming in contact with these surfaces, disinfect or wash your hands.

Hanging out with friends 

If you have tested positive for Covid-19 or have been in contact with someone who has, do not get together with friends at the risk of putting them in danger with the virus. Follow the guidelines set by the state and quarantine at home for two weeks to protect others.

When possible, hold gatherings with friends outdoors because the risk of transmitting the virus is lower, according to the University of Michigan. Limiting direct contact with one another and not sharing beverages, snacks and utensils are also ways to remain safe.

Overall, Covid-19 doesn’t prevent a vacationer from having an enjoyable spring break; just remember to be careful and stay home if any symptoms pop up.