Memorial Day Weekend Crowds Cause Concern as U.S. Death Toll Nears 100,000

Inhibitions — and masks — have been shed across America, as crowds flooded newly reopened beaches and videos from Missouri’s Lake of the Ozarks showed packed pools and patios, where revelers ignored social distancing guidance, The Washington Post reports.

White House coronavirus coordinator Deborah Birx said Sunday that she is “very concerned” about people neglecting to maintain a safe, six-foot distance.

Even before the busy Memorial Day weekend, some experts were warning of a second wave of coronavirus cases across the Midwest and South.

A new study estimates that the virus, which has infected at least 1.6 million people in the United States, may still be spreading at epidemic rates in 24 states; Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson (R) said his state is now facing a “second peak” after a cluster of infections emerged at a pool party.

“I again remind everyone that the coronavirus is not yet contained,” Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Stephen Hahn said on Twitter. “It is up to every individual to protect themselves and their community.”

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