President Donald Trump may finally be coming around the reality that the Coronavirus is a deadly threat to the USA. The President issued a slew of guidelines on Monday to prevent the spread of the virus. The major part of the guidelines given by the President directed people to avoid social gatherings of more than 10 people and to limit discretionary travel.
However, he stopped short of declaring a curfew or a national quarantine. This is still an improvement over the attitude he had displayed in the past, playing down the effects of the pandemic. In fact, Donald Trump was almost happy over the fact that the Federal Reserve was cutting the interest rates to zero.
Trump’s comments finally showed that he might have started seeing an emerging economic crisis –
“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 and we’re going to have a big celebration altogether,’’ Trump said in the closest he came to displaying levity in a sombre news conference that underscored the seriousness of the situation.
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Let’s find out what the new guidelines to be issued by the government are.
What Are The New Guidelines?
The new guidelines are recommendations and not mandates. Apart from limitations upon the number of people in social gatherings, it directs school-age children to try taking classes from the confines of their homes. Trump called for governors in affected states to close schools in vulnerable areas.
These are the other guidelines –
- If someone in your house has tested positive, keep the entire household at home. Do not go to work or school.
- If you are an older person, stay home and away from other people.
- If you have a serious underlying health condition, stay home and away from others.
- Avoid discretionary travel, shopping trips and social visits.
- Avoid eating or drinking in restaurants bars and food courts. Use drive-through, pickup and delivery options.
- Do not visit nursing homes or retirement or long-term care facilities unless you are there to provide critical assistance.
- Practice good hygiene such as washing your hands, especially after touching frequently used items or surfaces. Avoid touching your face.
Let’s hope the new guidelines help in the improvement of the situation in the United States Of America.