Watch Live Above: President Donald Trump and the coronavirus task force announce new guidelines for fighting the spread of COVID-19
WASHINGTON, D.C. — President Donald Trump announced new federal guidelines advising Americans to avoid public places for the next 15 days in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Over the next 15 days, Trump said all Americans are advised to educate kids from home when possible, avoid discretionary travel, avoid gathering in groups of 10 or more, and avoid eating and drinking in public places like bars, restaurants and food courts.
“If everyone makes this change or these critical changes and sacrifices now, we will rally together as one nation and we will defeat the virus,” Trump said. “With several weeks of focused action we can turn the corner and turn it quickly.”
Both Trump and task force member Dr. Deborah Birx said young people may not experience symptoms as severely as older people, but should still exercise precautions.
“If you are sick, no matter who you are, please stay home,” task force member Dr. Deborah Birx said.
For the next 15 days, the White House offers these guidelines for Americans:
- Work from home whenever possible
- School your kids from home, if possible
- Avoid any gatherings of 10 or more people
- Avoid eating or drinking in bars, restaurants, and food courts; use drive-thru, pickup or delivery options instead
- If you are sick, stay home, and if your kids are sick keep them home
- If someone in your household is diagnosed with this virus, the entire family should quarantine inside your home
- Avoid all discretionary travel, including optional shopping trips and social visits
- Do not visit nursing homes or critical care facilities, unless it’s to provide critical care
- Older people and anyone with a health condition that weakens their immune system or impairs lung or heart function should stay home and away from other people
- Practice good hygiene: wash your hands and avoid touching your face, disinfect frequently used items and sneeze or cough into a tissue, when necessary
Additionally, the White House advised governors to close schools if they are in areas where there is community transmission of the disease. In Illinois, Governor J.B. Pritzker has already closed all schools through March 29.
They also say governors should close places where groups of people congregate, including bars, restaurants, gyms and other venues. This weekend, Gov. Pritzker ordered bars and restaurants to close to the public and only offer drive-through and takeout orders through March 30.
This comes just a day after the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended that no gatherings with 50 people or more take place for the next eight weeks on Sunday.
Ahead of an update from the coronavirus task force Sunday, President Donald Trump called on Americans to cease hoarding groceries and other supplies.
One of the nation’s most senior public health officials also called on the nation to act with more urgency to safeguard their health as the coronavirus outbreak continued to spread across the United States.
“I think Americans should be prepared that they are going to have to hunker down significantly more than we as a country are doing,” said Dr. Anthony Fauci, a member of the White House task force on combating the spread of coronavirus.