President Trump and the White House Coronavirus Task Force issued new, stricter nationwide guidelines to minimize the spread of the virus in the United States.  The 15-Day initiative aimed at slowing  down the contagion which was issued on Monday appeals to all Americans to abide by the guidelines which are listed below. 

Coronavirus 15-Day Guidelines

‘Social Distancing’ the temporary new normal is greatly emphasized in the COVID-19 15-Day Guideline issued by the Coronavirus Taskforce on March 16, 2020. Credit: SHUTTERSTOCK

– Listen and follow the directions of your state and local authorities

If you feel sick, stay home. Do not go to work. Do not go to school. 

If your children are sick, keep them at home. Do not send them to school. Contact your Medical Provider. 

If someone in your household has tested positive for the coronavirus, keep the entire household at home. Do not go to work. Do not go to school. Contact your Medical Provider.

If you are an older person, stay home and away from other people. 

If you are a person with a serious underlying health condition that can put you at increased risk (for example, a condition that impairs your lung or heart function or weakens your immune system), stay home and away from other people. 

– Even if you are young, or otherwise healthy, you are at risk and your activities can increase the risk for others. It is critical that you do your part to stop the spread of the coronavirus. *

– Work or engage in schooling from home whenever possible

– If you work in a critical infrastructure industry, as defined by the Department of Homeland Security, such as healthcare services and pharmaceutical and food supply, you have a special responsibility to maintain your work schedule. You and your employers should following CDC (Centers for Disease Control) guidance to protect your health at work.

Avoid social gatherings in groups of more than 10 people

Avoid eating or drinking in bars, restaurants, and food courts – use drive-thru, pickup or delivery options. 

Avoid discretionary travel, shopping trips and social visits

Do not visit nursing homes or retirement or long-term care facilities unless to provide critical assistance. 

Practice good hygiene: Wash your hands, especially after touching any frequently used item or surface. Avoid touching your face. 

Sneeze or cough into a tissue, or the inside of your elbow.

Disinfect frequently used items and surfaces as much as possible. 

School operations can accelerate the speed of the coronavirus. Governors of states with evidence of community transmission should close schools in affected and surrounding areas. Governors should close schools in communities that are near areas of community transmission, even if those areas are in neighboring states. In addition, state and local officials should close schools where coronavirus has been identified in the population associated with the school. States and localities that close schools need to address childcare needs of critical responders, as well as the nutritional needs of children. 

Older people are particularly at risk from the coronavirus. All states should follow federal guidance and halt social visits to nursing homes and retirement and long-term care facilities

– In states with evidence of community transmission, bars, restaurants, food courts, gyms and other indoor and outdoor venues where groups of people congregate should be closed.

While the new guidelines are simply recommendations that may appear to be very easy to follow, they can only be effective if the nation responds as a collective in the fight against the scourge of COVID-19 coronavirus.  The idea is to alleviate the strain and minimize the impact on the healthcare system and to stop the spread.  

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