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Labor Day weekend will set the course for the coronavirus this fall: ‘We may have

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Labor Day weekend will set the course for the coronavirus this fall

The United States is headed for a new phase of the coronavirus pandemic as the country nears the fall, temperatures drop, flu season approaches and new cases of Covid-19 appear to plateau at a dangerously high level.

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 the July 4 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 uptick in the percent of tests coming back positive among young people between the ages of 19 and 25.

‘Accelerator weekend’
Daily new cases of the coronavirus declined for weeks after they peaked in late July at more than 70,000 new cases per day. But now, daily new cases appear to have plateaued at more than 40,000, according to a CNBC analysis of data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. Average daily new cases are up by at least 5% in 22 states, according to CNBC’s analysis.

That level of pervasive spread combined with the holiday weekend have the makings of what Vanderbilt University infectious disease specialist Dr. William Schaffner described as an “accelerator weekend.”
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Americans are divided politically & geographically. Many are not concerned about contracting or spreading the virus & don't wear masks. The WH offers little guidance as Dr. Fauci has been sidelined. This Fall could see a major resurgence in virus cases & deaths.
 

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I'm planning to mostly stay home and wear PPE in stores.
 

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I'm planning to mostly stay home and wear PPE in stores.

Pretty much our plans. Stay home. Already got our groceries when the store was not crowed.
 

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The period of time which will be really telling is further into Autumn once outdoor activities won't be viable. Here in NJ the restriction preventing indoor dining has been eased to 25% capacity (along with other businesses like gyms and fitness studios etc.) so we'll see how manageable the spikes are at that rate.
 
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