Months and months into the coronavirus pandemic, and we are still dealing with surging case numbers and a rising death toll.
This is a novel virus, of course, with no proven vaccine or treatment at this time. Furthermore, the economic damage being done by the shutdowns and lockdown across the country have prompted local leaders to do everything in their power to reopen their economies – ready or not.
And, obviously, there is the boredom and stubborn nature of Americans, many of whom are simply refusing to adhere to the CDC’s warnings regarding masks and social distancing.
As many of us head out on the road for the Long Labor Day weekend, experts are warning that this could mark the beginning of a major surge in cases.
Labor Day this weekend is among one of the first challenges of the fall for Americans. Epidemiologists are concerned it might set the stage for another surge in cases — similar to the jump in U.S. cases following Memorial Day and Fourth of July holidays. The nation is heading into the holiday weekend with roughly 40,000 new Covid-19 cases a day, twice the number of daily cases from last spring, and with more businesses, events and activities reopened than before.
“We don’t want to see a repeat of the surges that we have seen following other holiday weekends,” White House coronavirus advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci told CNN on Thursday. “We don’t want to see a surge under any circumstances, but particularly as we go on the other side of Labor Day and enter into the fall.”
Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, added that states such as Montana, the Dakotas, Michigan and Minnesota have recently reported a worrying rise in the percent of tests coming back positive among people ages 19 to 25.
One of the major concerns of experts is that we will soon be heading into cooler weather, where Americans will spend more time indoors and in close contact with one another. If Labor Day festivities create an uptick in cases, chillier days ahead could keep the virus fed for months on end.
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