Health officials are urging Americans to practice social distancing during Labor Day weekend.
Today reported that experts say the holiday weekend could potentially risk kick-starting COVID-19 infections in the fall.
“Labor Day is coming up, and we need to stress personal responsibility,” Admiral Brett Giroir, the head of US COVID-19 testing efforts, told the outlet.
Giroir said Americans have to go into the fall with decreasing cases like many states are doing now. He said people across the country can’t risk not taking personal responsibility.
"I'm worried about Labor Day because people may have the impression that cases are coming down," epidemiologist Ali Mokdad, a professor of health metrics sciences at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington, told CNN.
"Despite the fact that Covid-19 is now the third leading cause of death, people still doubt that we have a problem. They may think they are out of danger and behave as they did around Memorial Day," Mokdad added.
The long weekend may lead people to gather in large groups and travel, which could further spread of the virus.
"The more we travel, the more we interact with people, the more opportunities there are for exposure," said Jennifer Nuzzo, an epidemiologist senior scholar at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security.
"It's really best that we try to limit our movement as much as possible."
The experts say that they do not want to see a repeat what happened on Memorial Day at Missouri’s Lake of the Ozarks.
Several photos were shared on social media that showed many people not practicing social distancing at Lake of the Ozarks in Missouri. In one of the pictures, a sign read, “Please practice social distancing: 6 feet apart.”
One user captioned video of the crowded gathering that read, “The video is on Snapchat in the Lake of the Ozarks? Unreal. What are we doing?”
Some hopeful news was disclosed on Wednesday as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention told governors and health officials to be ready to distribute a possible coronavirus vaccine this November, according to new reports.
The Hill reports that Robert Redfield, director of the CDC, informed state officials in a letter last week that permits would soon be requested to build vaccine distribution centers.
Ithe letter, Redfield asked governors to waive requirements that would delay the construction of these sites.
Per NYT, the documents said that the two vaccines, which were both unnamed, would each consist of two doses spaced two weeks apart.
Groups prioritized for the vaccines, the documents allegedly said, were essential workers, national security employees, seniors and members of particularly vulnerable racial and ethnic groups.