Health officials warned ahead of Labor Day this year that how Americans chose to ring in the unofficial start of fall could shape what the coming months will look like in the country’s battle with Covid-19.
“I don’t think it’ll take much to really get us back to 70,000 cases a day,” said Dr. Peter Hotez, dean of the Baylor College of Medicine’s National School of Tropical Medicine.
Covid-19 vs Labor Day
Many have opted to ditch the crowds over the long weekend of Labor Day in efforts to avoid another surge of cases and hospitalizations similar to those that came after large Memorial Day and July 4 celebrations. Others had not been as cautious.
More than 1,000 people gathered in San Francisco at an event celebrating the culture of Burning Man, the Mayor said. Authorities shut down a bar in Brooklyn over the weekend after deputies found almost 300 people packed inside, CNN affiliate WABC reported. CNN affiliate WKRN reported in Nashville, thousands flocked to the bars operating with restrictions, prompting the mayor to close portions of a road to allow for more social distancing.
One tourist told CNN affiliate WBOC in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, the masses of tourists have made social distancing almost difficult.
“This summer I usually figured crowds were down. Before we hit the weekend of Labor Day”. Kristin Lefebver also told the station. “We’re very on top of each other this weekend, as well as driving down the road. Biking along the beach and playing in the water.”
The Labor Day crowds mark the unofficial conclusion of a disastrous summer across the world. With more than 6.3 million Covid-19 infections and 189,000 deaths. Experts have given a gloomy outlook of what the fall and winter could look like. With the pandemic piling up toward flu season and opening up new fronts, including classrooms and colleges.