Jaguar Nation: Stay safe and healthy during Spring Break

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COVID-19 vaccinations and lowered case numbers are providing a light at the end of the tunnel as we look for the pandemic’s end, but it’s important to remember — we’re not quite there yet.

As Augusta University faculty and students observe Spring Break from April 5-9, we hope this week off provides the time to mentally, physically and emotionally recharge as we look to finish the spring semester strong. To accomplish that mission, Jaguar Nation is encouraged to follow recommended guidelines and come back to campus safely after the break.

Travel guidelines

If you choose to travel, please continue to follow safety precautions of wearing a mask, watching your distance, washing your hands and monitoring for symptoms upon your return. See more information in the CDC travel guidelines.

Make responsible choices

It’s especially important when traveling to know your surroundings and make sure your emergency contact has your itinerary. If you choose to drink alcohol, be aware of those around you, trust your instincts and always use the buddy system. Find more safety tips for students here.

Seasonal allergies or COVID-19?

Spring pollen often brings with it seasonal allergy symptoms such as sneezing, congestion, runny nose, itchy/watery eyes, headache and sore throat. The CDC offers a helpful guide to know the difference between allergy symptoms and those of COVID-19. When in doubt, follow campus protocols and get tested if necessary.

Vaccinations

As a reminder, Gov. Brian Kemp has announced the expansion of COVID-19 vaccine eligibility to everyone in Georgia aged 16 and older. This makes most AU university students, faculty and staff eligible for vaccination. We strongly encourage all those traveling or gathering for Spring Break to consider receiving their first vaccine dose prior to leaving campus. Off-campus vaccinations are available through Augusta University Health and on-campus vaccine clinics will be available in the coming weeks. Check your university email and Jagwire regularly for vaccine updates.

Please enjoy the break responsibly to protect yourself, your family and friends, and the entire Jaguar Nation.

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Heather Henley

Heather Henley is Director of News and Information at Augusta University. Contact her to schedule an interview on this topic or with one of our experts at 706-721-4706 or hhenley@augusta.edu.

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