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Spring Breakers Could Bring COVID Home With Them, Warns Expert

The parties in Miami Beach could spread COVID to far-flung places in the country.
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This weekend's parties in Miami Beach for Spring Break, during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, have led to the area to declare a curfew and a state of emergency. "We couldn't go on any longer," said police chief Richard Clements yesterday about the curfew. "I think this was the right decision." Dr. Ashish Jha, the Dean of the Brown University School of Public Health, appeared on the Today Show this morning to share how these Spring Beakers could infect you—even if you've never been to Florida. Read on—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus

Expert Warns Spring Breakers May Infect You When They Return Home

"I'm worried about this," said Jha. "You know, even last March, we saw this with the Spring Break crowds at what happened in the weeks that followed was spread of infection across the whole country. Even if young people themselves don't get very sick, usually, they are very efficient spreaders of this disease. And so what's going to happen is they're going to take it home. They're gonna infect vulnerable people who have not yet been vaccinated. And that's what we're all worried about," he said.

He then added that the pandemic is not over. "We're really close, right?" he says. "Like, this is where basically at the 10 yard line and we've got the ball and we should be able to run this into the end zone. The end zone in my mind is when all high-risk people have gotten vaccinated, hold on. We're probably about four weeks away from that. And I just think we're loosening a little too early. And the cost of this is that a lot of people are going to get infected and sick when we can avoid that by just holding on a little bit longer."

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Dr. Fauci Has Also Warned of Gatherings in Florida

Dr. Jha isn't the only expert to be alarmed at gatherings in Florida; footage of a motorcycle rally in Daytona gave Dr. Anthony Fauci, the chief medical advisor to the President and the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, "chills." "I understand people want to get out and enjoy themselves and get back to what would have been normal a couple of years ago, but we really just got to hang on a bit longer," said Fauci. "We're really going in the right direction." He warned that coronavirus variants could spark another surge of the disease.

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How to End this Pandemic Faster

To end this pandemic, get vaccinated. "It's incredibly safe," said Jha. "80 million Americans have now gotten a dose and obviously tens of millions of people in other parts of the world. And I think what's going to happen is people watch folks getting vaccinated and doing well. I think they're gonna jump off the fence and get vaccinated. And I think that's where this is heading. I'm pretty hopeful that a vast majority of Americans will end up getting vaccinated." So get vaccinated when it becomes available to you, and to protect your life and the lives of others, don't visit any of these 35 Places You're Most Likely to Catch COVID.

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