The upcoming Labor Day weekend will set the course for how the novel coronavirus will run through the United States this fall.
What’s going on?
The upcoming holiday weekend will be the first major challenge for Americans when it comes to battling the novel coronavirus this fall.
- Experts expressed concern that an increase in cases might be similar to how cases surged during Memorial Day and July 4, according to NPR.
- A repeat of surges would put the U.S. on a bad first step for the fall. Whether or not there’s a surge is up to us.
What experts say:
Dr. William Schaffner, Vanderbilt University infectious disease specialist, told CNBC that Labor Day weekend could be considered an “accelerator weekend.”
- “This is another holiday and we will see what the general population does, how careful they are or how care free they are. I have a fair amount of trepidation, frankly, because it looks as though a very substantial portion of our population wants to be out and about very freely in groups, without masks, not paying attention to social distancing.”
- “You will get a seesaw effect and I can predict that just as sure as I know the sun is going to rise in the east ... We’ve got to sustain this for months. It’s not a quick fix. If there’s a tenuous commitment to social distancing and masking and all that, it will blow away over Labor Day.”
- “Wear a mask, keep social distancing, avoid crowds. You can avoid those kinds of surges. You don’t want to be someone who’s propagating the outbreak. You want to be part of the solution, not part of the problem.”