Spring Break Causing a COVID-19 Spike
March 29, 2021
While Florida has been focusing on a massive vaccination effort this month, a tourism surge hits Tampa and Orlando's metro areas, with Miami being hit the hardest. A Miami Herald article titled "Weeks Into Spring Break, Adults Under 50 Spur COVID Rise in Florida Tourism Hubs
" mentions a rise in COVID-19 cases among people under the age of 50 after months of decline. Although the three cities see the same trend, Miami is the most affected as counties such as Palm Beach and Broward are tourist attractions.
Jason Salemi, an epidemiologist at the University of South Florida has closely tracked the state's COVID data. While the increase in cases has not reached a level of concern, he says it still needs to be watched closely as continued transmission among young people could still reach the medically vulnerable and older adults who have not yet gotten their vaccine. More than 70% of people over the age of 16 in Florida have not yet been vaccinated, and about 30% of those over the age of 65 haven't either.
On the contrary, Eric Toner, a scholar at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security, points to the differences in behavior and work patterns between the age groups for the continued decline in positive cases. He mentions that people over 50 most likely work less in close contact with other people and engage less in settings that largely promote spread.
For more information on how COVID-19 is being impacted by spring break, click here: Weeks Into Spring Break, Adults Under 50 Spur COVID Rise in Florida Tourism Hubs