(CNN)Memorial Day weekend has brought back images of family gatherings and crowded beaches, but though things may look more normal, a clinical psychologist told CNN many people may still be dealing with emotional impacts from the Covid-19 pandemic.

“Whether it’s someone they know that has Covid or someone that they know that died, or friends who talked about it or just seeing it in the media, all of those things caused everyone some sort of trauma,” Dr. Jeff Gardere said. “Covid has really changed our lives.”Memorial Day weekend is first maskless holiday in over a year for many Americans as mandates liftMemorial Day weekend is first maskless holiday in over a year for many Americans as mandates liftMemorial Day weekend is first maskless holiday in over a year for many Americans as mandates liftAt the start of this holiday weekend, nearly 2 million people traveled through airports, a record for the pandemic, according to the TSA. And with 50% of Americans having received at least one dose of the vaccine, summer revelers fled to beaches like Miami Beach and Santa Monica this weekend.”It’s a whole year of staying indoors, and now you come outside everybody is out riding their bikes, jogging, exercising, partying,” KerryAnn McGregor, a Miami Beach visitor, told CNN. “It’s OK now.”But after going from the disruption of isolation and masking to the overwhelming effort of mass vaccination, making the shift to a more normal life might not be so simple for everyone, Gardere said.Read More”We had gotten ourselves into a very safe bubble … But now it kind of feels like the rug was pulled out from under our feet — doesn’t it — for people who are quite fearful of returning back to the workplace, back to school,” he said. “People are having anxiety.”Rather than avoid the anxiety, Gardere said it is best to confront it with healthy coping mechanisms like meditation, breathing, peer support and counseling. “Each day you confront that anxiety, the better off you will be,” he said. Staff Sgt. Tim Chambers salutes motorcyclists participating in the "Rolling to Remember" event in Washington, DC, on Sunday, May 30.Staff Sgt. Tim Chambers salutes motorcyclists participating in the "Rolling to Remember" event in Washington, DC, on Sunday, May 30. Photos: How Americans are spending their Memorial Day weekendStaff Sgt. Tim Chambers salutes motorcyclists participating in the “Rolling to Remember” event in Washington, DC, on Sunday, May 30.Hide Caption 1 of 22Visitors at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, DC, look at the names of soldiers who lost their lives during the Vietnam War.Visitors at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, DC, look at the names of soldiers who lost their lives during the Vietnam War. Photos: How Americans are spending their Memorial Day weekendVisitors at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, DC, look at the names of soldiers who lost their lives during the Vietnam War.Hide Caption 2 of 22A boy makes his way through the aerial ropes course at Harpers Ferry Adventure Center in Hillsboro, Virginia, on Sunday.A boy makes his way through the aerial ropes course at Harpers Ferry Adventure Center in Hillsboro, Virginia, on Sunday. Photos: How Americans are spending their Memorial Day weekendA boy makes his way through the aerial ropes course at Harpers Ferry Adventure Center in Hillsboro, Virginia, on Sunday.Hide Caption 3 of 22Fans watch as drivers compete in the Indianapolis 500 auto race on Sunday. This year's event at Indianapolis Motor Speedway was billed as the most-attended sporting event since the pandemic's start, with the 135,000 available tickets quickly selling out.Fans watch as drivers compete in the Indianapolis 500 auto race on Sunday. This year's event at Indianapolis Motor Speedway was billed as the most-attended sporting event since the pandemic's start, with the 135,000 available tickets quickly selling out. Photos: How Americans are spending their Memorial Day weekendFans watch as drivers compete in the Indianapolis 500 auto race on Sunday. This year’s event at Indianapolis Motor Speedway was billed as the most-attended sporting event since the pandemic’s start, with the 135,000 available tickets quickly selling out.Hide Caption 4 of 22People dance on a boat in Chicago on Sunday during Memorial Day weekend.People dance on a boat in Chicago on Sunday during Memorial Day weekend. Photos: How Americans are spending their Memorial Day weekendPeople dance on a boat in Chicago on Sunday during Memorial Day weekend.Hide Caption 5 of 22Hot air balloons dominated the field in front of the National World War I Museum and Memorial in Kansas City, Missouri.Hot air balloons dominated the field in front of the National World War I Museum and Memorial in Kansas City, Missouri. Photos: How Americans are spending their Memorial Day weekendHot air balloons dominated the field in front of the National World War I Museum and Memorial in Kansas City, Missouri.Hide Caption 6 of 22People walk along Santa Monica Pier in California on Saturday, May 29.People walk along Santa Monica Pier in California on Saturday, May 29. Photos: How Americans are spending their Memorial Day weekendPeople walk along Santa Monica Pier in California on Saturday, May 29.Hide Caption 7 of 22Elias Loosen plants a flag as part of the War Memorial Center's Field of Flags community event in Milwaukee on Saturday. Elias Loosen plants a flag as part of the War Memorial Center's Field of Flags community event in Milwaukee on Saturday. Photos: How Americans are spending their Memorial Day weekendElias Loosen plants a flag as part of the War Memorial Center’s Field of Flags community event in Milwaukee on Saturday. Hide Caption 8 of 22Tubers make their way to the lower Salt River in Arizona on Saturday.Tubers make their way to the lower Salt River in Arizona on Saturday. Photos: How Americans are spending their Memorial Day weekendTubers make their way to the lower Salt River in Arizona on Saturday.Hide Caption 9 of 22Larry Bustetter, left, an Air Force veteran, and Henry Knebel, an Army veteran, salute after placing flags at Los Angeles National Cemetery on Saturday.Larry Bustetter, left, an Air Force veteran, and Henry Knebel, an Army veteran, salute after placing flags at Los Angeles National Cemetery on Saturday. Photos: How Americans are spending their Memorial Day weekendLarry Bustetter, left, an Air Force veteran, and Henry Knebel, an Army veteran, salute after placing flags at Los Angeles National Cemetery on Saturday.Hide Caption 10 of 22Motorcyclists wait for traffic along North Ocean Boulevard in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.Motorcyclists wait for traffic along North Ocean Boulevard in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Photos: How Americans are spending their Memorial Day weekendMotorcyclists wait for traffic along North Ocean Boulevard in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.Hide Caption 11 of 22People ride the roller coaster at the pier in Santa Monica, California, on Saturday.People ride the roller coaster at the pier in Santa Monica, California, on Saturday. Photos: How Americans are spending their Memorial Day weekendPeople ride the roller coaster at the pier in Santa Monica, California, on Saturday.Hide Caption 12 of 22A large crowd gathers to watch a street performance in Times Square in New York.A large crowd gathers to watch a street performance in Times Square in New York. Photos: How Americans are spending their Memorial Day weekendA large crowd gathers to watch a street performance in Times Square in New York.Hide Caption 13 of 22People ride escalators on their way to baggage claim at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in Atlanta on Friday, May 28.People ride escalators on their way to baggage claim at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in Atlanta on Friday, May 28. Photos: How Americans are spending their Memorial Day weekendPeople ride escalators on their way to baggage claim at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in Atlanta on Friday, May 28.Hide Caption 14 of 22Volunteers place flags at the Iowa Veterans Cemetery in Adel, Iowa, on Friday.Volunteers place flags at the Iowa Veterans Cemetery in Adel, Iowa, on Friday. Photos: How Americans are spending their Memorial Day weekendVolunteers place flags at the Iowa Veterans Cemetery in Adel, Iowa, on Friday.Hide Caption 15 of 22People enjoy the boardwalk on Friday in Wildwood, New Jersey.People enjoy the boardwalk on Friday in Wildwood, New Jersey. Photos: How Americans are spending their Memorial Day weekendPeople enjoy the boardwalk on Friday in Wildwood, New Jersey.Hide Caption 16 of 22Jacqueline Blair hangs ribbons on flags Friday in Russ Freeman Park's Field of Honor in Idaho Falls, Idaho. A thousand flags will be on display at the park through Memorial Day.Jacqueline Blair hangs ribbons on flags Friday in Russ Freeman Park's Field of Honor in Idaho Falls, Idaho. A thousand flags will be on display at the park through Memorial Day. Photos: How Americans are spending their Memorial Day weekendJacqueline Blair hangs ribbons on flags Friday in Russ Freeman Park’s Field of Honor in Idaho Falls, Idaho. A thousand flags will be on display at the park through Memorial Day.Hide Caption 17 of 22Travelers pass through the concourse Friday at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport in Arlington, Virginia.Travelers pass through the concourse Friday at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport in Arlington, Virginia. Photos: How Americans are spending their Memorial Day weekendTravelers pass through the concourse Friday at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport in Arlington, Virginia.Hide Caption 18 of 22Beachgoers watch as US Marine helicopters practice maneuvers Friday for an air and sea show in Miami Beach, Florida.Beachgoers watch as US Marine helicopters practice maneuvers Friday for an air and sea show in Miami Beach, Florida. Photos: How Americans are spending their Memorial Day weekendBeachgoers watch as US Marine helicopters practice maneuvers Friday for an air and sea show in Miami Beach, Florida.Hide Caption 19 of 22A US soldier places a flag as part of the Flags In ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery on Thursday, May 27. More than 1,000 service members placed flags in front of more than 260,000 headstones.A US soldier places a flag as part of the Flags In ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery on Thursday, May 27. More than 1,000 service members placed flags in front of more than 260,000 headstones. Photos: How Americans are spending their Memorial Day weekendA US soldier places a flag as part of the Flags In ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery on Thursday, May 27. More than 1,000 service members placed flags in front of more than 260,000 headstones.Hide Caption 20 of 22People ride along the boardwalk in Wildwood, New Jersey, on Thursday.People ride along the boardwalk in Wildwood, New Jersey, on Thursday. Photos: How Americans are spending their Memorial Day weekendPeople ride along the boardwalk in Wildwood, New Jersey, on Thursday.Hide Caption 21 of 22Vehicles head east out of Los Angeles on Interstate 10 in Alhambra, California, on Thursday. More than 37 million people were expected to travel 50 miles or more from home between Thursday and Monday, according to AAA.Vehicles head east out of Los Angeles on Interstate 10 in Alhambra, California, on Thursday. More than 37 million people were expected to travel 50 miles or more from home between Thursday and Monday, according to AAA. Photos: How Americans are spending their Memorial Day weekendVehicles head east out of Los Angeles on Interstate 10 in Alhambra, California, on Thursday. More than 37 million people were expected to travel 50 miles or more from home between Thursday and Monday, according to AAA.Hide Caption 22 of 2201 memorial day weekend 053004 memorial day weekend 053005 memorial day weekend 053001 indy 500 202103 memorial day weekend 053006 memorial day weekend 053009 memorial day weekend 052901 memorial day weekend 052907 memorial day weekend 052903 memorial day weekend 052908 memorial day weekend 052905 memorial day weekend 052906 memorial day weekend 052908 memorial day weekend 052901 memorial day weekend 0528 RESTRICTED02 memorial day weekend 052803 memorial day weekend 052804 memorial day weekend 052805 memorial day weekend 052814b photos this week 0528 06 memorial day weekend 052707 memorial day weekend 0527Different risks for vaccinated and unvaccinated people over the holidayThe Memorial Day beach gatherings this year are not as worrisome to health experts as they were last year.Fully vaccinated and generally healthy people “should feel very well protected,” Dr. Leana Wen, a CNN medical analyst, said.Unvaccinated people are still at risk as the US celebrates Memorial Day weekend maskless Unvaccinated people are still at risk as the US celebrates Memorial Day weekend maskless Unvaccinated people are still at risk as the US celebrates Memorial Day weekend maskless The high number of vaccinations has meant a decrease in cases in protected people. But for those who have not been inoculated, the risk of large gatherings remains high because “the virus has fewer places to go,” Wen said.”We do have more transmissible variants, and unfortunately those individuals who don’t have immunity are not protected from these variants that can wreak a lot of havoc,” Wen explained.Mayor Dan Gelber expressed concern over the influx of tourists to Miami Beach this Memorial Day weekend.Gelber said one of the problems is that “we’re one of the few places open, but we’re also a very attractive destination. So simply, too many people are coming.””The virus is still here,” he reminded everyone when speaking Friday with CNN. “The volume of people that have been coming here is very unprecedented, and some who are coming are looking to sort of act out.”The mayor said there will be “an enormous saturation of police officers” on patrol over the long weekend.We need to know where this virus came from, expert saysAmid the relief of high vaccination rates and declining infections, experts are turning their attention to identifying the origin of the virus.Experts previously said that the virus was most likely transmitted from an animal. But after a US intelligence report found that several researchers at China’s Wuhan Institute of Virology fell ill in November 2019, former commissioner of the US Food and Drug Administration Dr. Scott Gottlieb said last week that there is “growing circumstantial evidence” that Covid-19 may have come from a lab.Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian rejected the report at the time and accused the US of “hyping up the lab leak theory.””Through field visits and in-depth visits in China, the experts unanimously agreed that the allegation of lab leaking is extremely unlikely,” Zhao said.The Chinese government has not been transparent on this issue, Wen has said, but it is important the global community get down to the bottom of it.Top Republican on House Foreign Affairs Committee calls Covid-19 origin 'worst cover-up in human history'Top Republican on House Foreign Affairs Committee calls Covid-19 origin 'worst cover-up in human history'Top Republican on House Foreign Affairs Committee calls Covid-19 origin 'worst cover-up in human history'Gottlieb said on CBS’s Face the Nation Sunday that the scientific community may never know the origin for sure.”Unless we get very lucky and we either find the intermediate host, we find a colony of civic cats or pangolins where this is epidemic and it could have first spilled over into humans, or we have a whistleblower in China or regime change — which we’re not going to have — I don’t know that we’re going to find out with certainty that this came out of a lab,” said Gottlieb. “I think we’re going to ultimately come up with an assessment and a probability on whether this came out of a lab versus a zoonotic source,” he said.Knowing that origin is “absolutely essential,” Dr. Peter Hotez, director of the Texas Children’s Hospital Center for Vaccine Development, said on NBC’s Meet the Press.Hotez explained that the Covid-19 pandemic is the third major coronavirus epidemic of the century, following the original SARS epidemic and MERS epidemic. “Mother Nature’s telling us what’s going to happen,” Hotez said. “There’s going to be Covid-26 and Covid-32, unless we fully understand the origins of Covid-19, and this is absolutely critical and what’s needed.”

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