1. Be responsible. Keep gatherings small, keep them outside, wear a face mask when you’re not eating or drinking, and stay 6 feet from anyone outside your household when removing the mask.
2. Ignore all of these guidelines and repeat the same mistakes made on Memorial Day and July 4th. This has led to an increase in new Covid-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths, and has further adversely affected the economy.
But more is at stake on this vacation.
“We’re going into Labor Day with 40,000 new cases a day – much higher than we were on Memorial Day,” said Dr. Ashish Jha, director of the Harvard Global Health Institute.
Why Labor Day Behavior Is Even More Critical
Unlike Memorial Day and Independence Day, Americans now face two major challenges that could either be hurt or supported by their behavior on this holiday:
– Get students back to school safely and ensure they can stay in school. Both depend on how much coronavirus is spreading in the community.
– The upcoming flu season. The coronavirus pandemic, which coincides with the flu season this fall, could strain or maximize hospital capacity – which could mean less care for everyone else who needs to be hospitalized.
“Especially if we go to the other side of Labor Day and step into fall … we don’t want to go into it with another rise that we have to turn around again,” said Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute for Allergies and Infectious Diseases.
Can you still have fun on Labor Day?
Absolutely. Of course, it is safest to celebrate alone or with those you live with.
Outdoor activities like hiking or biking are also good options.
– Make sure that only one person is sitting on the grill.
– Put the cooked food on separate plates for each person. Then move away from the grill.
– Ask people to get a plate one at a time.
What we learned after the July 4th celebrations
“By mid-June we were pretty much down on new Covid-19 cases. We are about 20,000 new cases (per day),” said Dr. Peter Hotez, Dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine.
“And then, after July fourth, things really started to accelerate and accelerate until we went up to 65,000, 70,000 new cases a day. And now we’ve got back down to 40,000 cases,” Hotez said Monday.
“Unfortunately, we’re already at a much higher level than we were in the weeks leading up to the July 4th holiday. So I don’t think it’ll take much to really bring us back to 70,000 new cases a day.”
Some let go of their guard
In San Francisco, an event celebrating the Burning Man culture, more than 1,000 people were crammed into Ocean Beach, Mayor London Breed told.
The gathering was “ruthless and selfish,” the mayor said, and city officials announced that the Ocean Beach parking lot would be closed.
And a “Sunday Funday” rooftop party was advertised with a picture of people standing close together, some without a mask. No security precautions were mentioned in the ad.
Another official sees little chance of a vaccination until election day
President Donald Trump spoke again on Labor Day about potentially having a vaccine before Election Day, something that experts on the timeline have questioned.
And on Monday, another federal official said that despite the positive statements made by the president, there is little chance that a vaccine will be available to Americans by November 3.
“I don’t know of any scientist involved in this effort who thinks we’ll be shot in the arms anytime before election day,” the official, who is familiar with Operation Warp Speed, told the federal government’s efforts to address coronavirus- Develop vaccines.
Several times the president has said that a vaccine will come “very soon” and on Monday he said it could come before a “special day”.
Officials such as Moncef Slaoui, the chief advisor to Operation Warp Speed, and Dr. However, Larry Corey, who heads a group created by the National Institutes of Health to work on coronavirus vaccines, have indicated a low probability.
CNN’s Elizabeth Cohen, Steve Almasy, Madeline Holcombe, Sandee LaMotte, James Froio and Micha Palmer contributed to this report.