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President Trump declares '15 days to stop the spread' of COVID-19

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President Donald Trump has said the United States has 15 days to slow the spread of COVID-19.

The White House has also issued a statement with new guidelines to keep the outbreak at bay, including things like avoiding social gatherings of 10 or more and avoiding eating or drinking at restaurants and bars.

"Even if you are young and otherwise healthy, you are at risk -- and your activities can increase the risk of contracting the Coronavirus for others," the White House statement says. "Everyone can do their part. The new recommendations are simple to follow but will have a resounding impact on public health."

Here are the latest guidelines from the White House on coronavirus:

  • Older people and those with a serious underlying health condition should stay home and stay away from other people.
  • If you, your children, or anyone in your household is sick, you should stay home and contact your medical provider.
  • Everyone should avoid social gatherings in groups of 10 or more people.
  • Everyone should avoid eating or drinking at bars, restaurants, and food courts. Instead, guidelines suggest using the drive-thru, pickup, or delivery options.
  • Everyone should avoid discretionary travel, shopping trips, and social visits.
  • Everyone should avoid visiting nursing homes, 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 surface as much as possible.

"School operations can accelerate the spread 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," the White House statement went on to say.

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Read the full statement here.

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