(CNN)Packing pool parties and other Memorial Day events, many Americans marked the unofficial start of summer just like they did before coronavirus.
But while the revelers shunned face masks and ignored social distancing guidelines, the virus keeps spreading unabated, killing both the elderly and the young.
By Tuesday evening, more than 1,679,000 Americans have been infected with the coronavirus, and more than 98,800 have died, according to Johns Hopkins University.
In 17 states, the numbers of new cases are trending upward. Those states include Georgia, Arkansas, California and Alabama.
In 20 states, the numbers of new cases each day are generally going down. And 13 states, the numbers appear to be holding steady.
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Some Americans took warnings from health officials very seriously — wearing masks while in public, keeping their distance from strangers or celebrating the holiday weekend at home.
Those precautions are especially important because new research shows an estimated 40% of coronavirus transmissions happen before symptoms even appear.
And now that states have loosened or eliminated stay-at-home orders, “it is up to every individual to protect themselves and their community,” said Dr. Stephen M. Hahn, commissioner of the US Food and Drug Administration.
“Social distancing, hand washing and wearing masks protect us all.”
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