President Trump released on Monday a new set of guidelines that he said Americans should follow to prevent the further spread of the coronavirus.
The president outlined his plan during a COVID-19 briefing alongside the coronavirus task force.
“With several weeks of focused action, we can turn the corner and turn it quickly,” Trump said. “Our government is prepared to do whatever it takes.”
At another point during the news conference, asked if the U.S. was headed into a recession, Trump replied: “Well, it may be.” But then, Trump pointed out that that was not the primary focus right now, “We’re not thinking in terms of recession, we’re thinking in terms of the virus.”
The guidelines advised that older people and those with underlying health conditions “stay home and away from other people.”
Officials recommended that large swaths of the population isolate themselves and everyone avoid social gatherings or groups of more than 10 people.
They also said Americans should work from home if possible; avoid eating or drinking in bars and restaurants; and “avoid discretionary travel, shopping trips, and social visits.”
When asked when the pandemic would subside, Trump suggested that the crisis could pass by July or August “if we do a really good job.”
President Trump then firmly reassured “We will rally together as one nation and we will defeat the virus.”
The U.S. surgeon general said Monday that the United States was about where Italy was two weeks ago in the coronavirus struggle, a sign that infections were expected to rise.
“We are at a critical inflection point in this country, people,” Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams told Fox News. “When you look at the projections, there’s every chance that we could be Italy.”
As the virus begins to die down in China after the first known case in China on December 1, 2019, factories and business are beginning to return to work as normal, giving us a glimpse into what life after the virus could look like.
“Food processors, manufacturers and other businesses essential for providing daily necessities in Wuhan, the city in the province where the coronavirus emerged in December, can reopen, the Hubei provincial government announced,” The Washington Times reported.
“Construction also has gradually resumed on housing and public infrastructure projects in China as the country tries to bring employees back to work while still containing the epidemic.”
In a video that went viral, medical workers in the province are seen removing their medical masks.
“Chinese medical workers who have been fighting the [coronavirus] day and night in Wuhan celebrated the closing of the last temporary hospital in Wuhan,” said a post on Twitter. “The reported [COVID-19] cases went from a surge in February of 15,000 in one day to only 15 this week.”
China took restrictive measures to stem the spread of the virus, but it’s unclear if the steps taken in the U.S. will lead to the same results.
Dr. Gustavo Ferrer, a lung specialist at Aventura Hospital in Florida, told the Times that while cases in the U.S. are only just beginning, they will plateau in the next couple of weeks.
“We should be encouraged, but we should remain vigilant,” Dr. Ferrer said. “Being aware is extremely important because when things are going down we tend to lower our guards, and this is when we are not prepared for any of this.”