The White House issued a series of new guidelines to slow the spread of the deadly Coronavirus Monday; saying the next 15 days are critical to stop the contagion and increase public safety.
The document urges all Americans who feel sick to remain in their homes and self-quarantine should a family member become ill.
Those with underlying medical conditions and the elderly should stay home and avoid contact with others.
The Centers for Disease Control issued a revised warning to the American people last week; urging all citizens to avoid gatherings -both public and private- of more than 50 different people for the next eight weeks.
“If followed, the guidance — the strongest and most sweeping to date from the agency — will significantly increase the pandemic’s disruption to U.S. public life for the next two months. Governments worldwide are already making tough decisions aimed at keep their citizens safe,” reports the Washington Post.
“A slew of new states and cities, including Illinois, Washington state and New York City, have announced plans to close schools and severely restricted their nightlife by shuttering bars, restaurants and clubs, allowing takeout food only or cutting hours,” adds the newspaper.
The announcement comes just moments after New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio ordered the nation’s biggest metropolis to close all schools, restaurants, bars, night clubs, and theaters to stop the spread of the disease.
“Our lives are all changing in ways that were unimaginable just a week ago,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio.
Read the President’s full recommendation here.