After a long Memorial Day weekend packed with pool parties and events, many U.S citizens started the summer off like any other non-pandemic year, despite the death toll inching toward 100,000.
What We Know:
- It was observed that many travelers and residents of various states disregarded the use of face masks and social distancing guidelines. The virus is still spreading unabated, killing both the elderly and the young at this point.
- By Tuesday afternoon, there were more than 1,671,000 Americans who have been infected with the coronavirus, and more than 98,400 have died, according to Johns Hopkins University.
- After last week’s reopenings, at least 18 states have seen a considerable increase in the number of new cases. Some of the most talked about states include Georgia, Arkansas, California, and Alabama.
- Although many showed the opposite, there was a still a large group of people that did take health officials very seriously, whether it was wearing masks while in public or keeping their distance from strangers while celebrating this weekend.
- Those precautions are especially important because new research shows an estimated 40% of coronavirus transmissions happen before symptoms even appear.
Now that states have loosened or eliminated stay-at-home orders, “it is up to every individual to protect themselves and their community,” said Dr. Stephen M. Hahn, commissioner of the US Food and Drug Administration.