U.S. Tells Older Adults to Stay Home, All Ages to Avoid Crowds

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The White House on Monday issued guidelines and guidance for Americans to follow over the next 15 days to help slow the spread of the coronavirus.

President Trump urged all older Americans to stay home, while people of all ages should avoid crowds and eating out at restaurants. In seniors and people with existing health problems, the virus can cause severe illness, including pneumonia. To this end, Trump added, Americans also should not gather in groups of more than 10 people, schooling should be home-based, and discretionary travel and social visits should be avoided.

If anyone in a household tests positive for the virus, every household member should stay home. The president, when asked when the pandemic would subside, said that “if we do a really good job” the crisis could pass by the height of summer.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the administration’s infectious disease expert, did not challenge that claim. Trump said he did not yet plan to call for domestic travel restrictions while his administration made pointed appeals to millennials to stop socializing and risk spreading the virus. He was reluctant to advise states to cancel the primary elections ahead. And without providing details, he said “we’re going to back the airlines 100 percent,” a note of reassurance for an industry crippled by travel bans and fears of spreading the virus.

source: Associated Press

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