By now, it’s given that even holidays must be spent at home. As confirmed COVID-19 cases continue to spike globally without a vaccine, it’s crucial that countries maintain strict quarantine measures in the hopes of containing it. However, the past Memorial Day weekend in the U.S. showed otherwise.
Pool Party in Missouri
On May 24, crowds flocked to the Lake of the Ozarks in Missouri for a Memorial Day weekend pool party. The scene was alarming as if the world isn’t battling against a deadly virus. The event was prompted by a local bar that launched “Zero Ducks Given Pool Party”, drawing attention from hundreds of Missourians. The said event included performances from several bands and DJs.
— Scott Pasmore (@scottpasmoretv) May 24, 2020
Lake of Ozark, Missouri. Shot in the last 24 hours. They totally deserve Trump. What a fuckfest.
— Tanzila Anis. (@aaliznat) May 24, 2020
Although there is no evidence that coronavirus can spread in water play areas, hot tubs, spas, and pools, you might still catch it when in close proximity with others. The CDC says that people should continue to protect themselves through good hand hygiene and social distancing even in recreational water venues. The said pool party just makes it a breeding ground for more people to catch the deadly virus. In fact, a group of people contracted the virus after attending a high school swim party in Arkansas.
Missouri had a spike in coronavirus cases just two weeks after reopening on May 4. As of writing, the state currently has over 12,000 cases and a death toll of over 600 individuals.
Coronavirus in the U.S.
The United States is now the most-infected country worldwide, with over 1.7 million confirmed cases and a death toll of over 99,000. Despite this, U.S. states have begun reopening and easing lockdown restrictions after a two-month period of quarantine. However, travel restrictions still continue, and states require travelers to observe a 14-day self-quarantine when visiting or returning to other states.
New York is still the epicenter of coronavirus in the U.S., with over 367,000 cases and 29,000 deaths.
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