White House: Americans Should Avoid Eating Out, Gatherings of More Than 10, Elective Travel

President Donald Trump, flanked by members of the Coronavirus Task Force, speaks to the media in the press briefing room at the White House on March 16, 2020. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)

President Donald Trump, flanked by members of the Coronavirus Task Force, speaks to the media in the press briefing room at the White House on March 16, 2020. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)

The White House coronavirus response team has recommended Americans stick to discretionary travel and avoid eating out and gatherings of more than 10 people, as well as homeschool their children, in order to mitigate spreading of the novel coronavirus.

President Donald Trump estimated the virus may “wash through” by July or August, based on the expert opinions he’s received.

The guidelines aren’t mandatory and are to be reevaluated in 15 days, the team announced during a March 16 press briefing at the White House.

Dr. Deborah Birx, the White House coronavirus response coordinator, said the most effective measures to stop the spread of the virus is “social distancing” as well as self-quarantining the whole household when one member is diagnosed with the virus.

Older people and those with underlying medical conditions (such as ailments that impair immunity, lung, or heart function) should stay home and avoid contact with other people, the guidelines say.

Trump said he’s not looking now to impose a nationwide lockdown and “hopefully” domestic travel restrictions won’t be necessary.

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