US national flags representing the 200,000 lives lost to COVID-19 in the United States are placed on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., the United States, on Sep 22, 2020. US COVID-19 deaths surpassed 200,000 on Tuesday, according to the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University.Photo:Xinhua

For many Americans, they seem to embrace living with the novel coronavirus. Parties are a necessity for them. 

Hundreds packed into a celebration party of former president Barack Obama’s 60th birthday in Martha’s Vineyard on Saturday, despite rising concerns about the fast-spreading Delta variant. Only a few were spotted wearing face masks.

And, even more people are expected to attend the 10-day Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in South Dakota starting Friday. Many did not wear masks, as there is no mask mandate from the authorities there.

All these took place against the backdrop of a spike in US COVID-19 cases…

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