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By Matt Durr 

President Trump: Avoid restaurants, groups larger than 10


March 15, 2020

WASHINGTON D.C. -- During a press briefing Monday, President Trump unveiled a new set of health guidelines designed to help reduce the spread of the coronavirus, however he went on to say “if we do a really good job” the crisis could pass by July or August.

As part of the new guidelines -- which the government is asking Americans abide by for the next 15 days -- the Trump administration is asking people not to gather in groups larger than 10 people. The administration is also asking for schooling to be done at home if possible. Discretionary travel and social visits should be avoided and if anyone in a household tests positive for coronavirus everyone who lives in that home should quarantine themselves in the home.

“We will rally together as one nation and we will defeat the virus,” Trump said. “We can turn the corner and turn it quickly.”

Trump also urged all Americans to avoid bars, restaurants, food courts and other large gathering places for the next 15 days. Dr. Deborah Birx, the White House coronavirus response coordinator said the largest group of Americans who can help slow down the spread of the virus are Millennials.

“This guidance, for the next 15 days is what our experts say is the best opportunity we have to lower the infection rate over the entire course of the coronavirus,” said Vice President Mike Pence.


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