US CDC reports 2085769 coronavirus cases

Henrietta Strickland
June 16, 2020

"I know that people are eager to return to normal activities and way of life".

With almost two dozen states seeing increases in novel coronavirus (COVID-19) cases, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued guidance on events and gatherings.

Butler said it is possible, if the numbers go up again dramatically, that individual states might need to resort to strict shelter-in-place orders again.

The US has remained the country with the highest number of infections and virus-related deaths worldwide.

When dining out, choose restaurants with outdoor seating and tables at least six feet apart.

If you hit the gym, don't share items that can't be cleaned, and refrain from high fives and elbow bumps. Encourage people to bring their own food and drinks to your cookout. Also, avoid sharing frequently touched items, the agency says.

"The more people an individual interacts with at a gathering and the longer that interaction lasts, the higher the potential risk of becoming infected with COVID-19 and COVID-19 spreading", Friday's guidelines said.

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Mr. Trump plans to hold his first campaign rally since March in Tulsa on June 19.

Staff members at large events should be required to wear face coverings, and attendees should do so as well, the CDC says.

"The guidelines is really for any type of gathering whether it's the backyard barbecue or something larger, and it's not meant to endorse any particular type of event, but to be able to be applicable to any type of event that may occur". They did not comment directly on rallies associated with the 2020 U.S. presidential election, but said the guidelines speak for themselves.

The CDC has put out many sets of guidelines-including some for churches, camps, schools, and transit agencies-but until now, the organization hasn't offered specific advice to people trying to decide how to safely do things like take vacations, get their nails done, host barbecues, visit a bank or library, go out to eat, or exercise at a gym.

Their warnings came after people across the US began participating in protests following the death of George Floyd. Hospitalizations for COVID-19 have been declining steadily since the week of April 18.

Political rallies, protests and reopening of economies have public health experts anxious about a summertime spike in cases, though the CDC is also fretting about the fall and winter when a resurgence in COVID-19 due to colder, drier weather would coincide with flu season.

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