Hi, I'm Carl Azuz. We are five days away from the official start of Spring but for many schools and colleges in America,Spring Break has sprung or is about to be springing. What does this look like in the era of coronavirus?
Several U.S. colleges have canceled Spring Break. The University of California-Davis has offered students $75 not to go anywhere during the week off. These schools are trying to prevent people from traveling, partying in large groups and possibly catching and spreading COVID-19 but thousands are traveling anyway looking to enjoy a much anticipated vacation.
Last Friday, the Transportation Security Administration said it screened 1.3 million people at U.S. airports. That's the highest number of travelers in a day since March 15th, 2020 and that's got some health officials worried. The directors for the U.S. Centers of Disease Control says when travel numbers go up, an increase in COVID cases tends to follow.
And in Florida where some beaches have been crowded with visitors, one mayor says there's too many people coming to let loose while another says it's important for them to keep their masks on and their distance from each other. The good news is America's daily number of positive coronavirus tests has continued to decrease. Experts hope Spring Break doesn't change that.