Trump extends social distancing through April
President Donald Trump announced earlier this week that his administration would extend strict social distancing guidelines due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) for the country to April 30.
Though Trump previously noted the country would be up-and-running by Easter, he said during a media briefing on Sunday afternoon that he would be extending the guidelines to help slow the spread of the virus. He said the U.S. will be well on its way to recovery by June 1.
Social distancing is deliberately increasing the physical space between people to avoid spreading illness. Staying at least six feet way from other people lessens an individual’s change of catching COVID-19, though some research suggests additional space may be required.
Per the national guidelines, which are being enforced by strict state and local mandates, Americans must continue to avoid nonessential travel, going to work, eating at bars or restaurants, or gathering in groups of more than 10 people. Most schools and nonessential businesses remain closed, and conferences and large events are being cancelled or postponed.
At press time, more than 174,000 cases have been reported the U.S., surpassing the number of reported cases in China. There have been nearly 3,000 deaths in the U.S., with 932 reported in New York City, according to data from the Johns Hopkins University Coronavirus Resource Center.
In addition to social distancing, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends the following steps to prevent getting ill:
- Wash your hands often, following proper technique, and avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick and stay home if you are sick.
- Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or use the inside of your elbow
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily, including tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
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