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- People should avoid potential superspreader gatherings, Fauci warns.
- People should continue to wear masks, wash their hands and social distance.
With Labor Day fast approaching on Sept. 7, the final days of summer tempt Americans with another opportunity to take advantage of the upcoming holiday and gather together to celebrate, despite the U.S. being entrenched in the coronavirus pandemic.
Anthony Fauci, the lead infectious disease expert and a key member of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, said that Labor Day weekend will determine how the coronavirus spreads throughout the U.S. during the fall months and if the U.S. can get a “running start” at containing the virus.
The Associated Press reports that on Monday, Fauci spoke on a White House call with governors, and stated that he has a “great deal of faith in the American people” to continue engaging in public health recommendations.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention encourages frequent hand washing, maintaining a distance of 6 feet apart, avoiding crowded public spaces and wearing a mask or face covering when in public.
Also on the call, Vice President Mike Pence shared his confidence in the American public’s dedication to celebrate responsibly.
The U.S. reached a sobering milestone of more than 6 million COVID-19 infections on Monday, continuing to lead the world with the most confirmed cases. Accompanying this is a death toll of 183,602 in the U.S. alone.
Despite these data, the number of new infections in the U.S. showed signs of easing in early August, largely attributed to preventative measures such as wearing masks and consistent social distancing.