Trump issues national guidelines to help stop spread of coronavirus

(USA Features) President Trump on Monday issued a two-page memo containing guidelines Americans should follow for 15 days as a way of limiting the spread of COVID-19.

Called “15 Days to Slow the Spread,” the memo does not amount to an order to “lockdown” the country, as some reports suggested earlier in the day the president was preparing to do.

Rather, they contain suggests for Americans and businesses to follow in order to reduce contact and thus help blunt the spread of the coronavirus.

“Each and every one of us has a critical role to play in stopping the spread,” the memo said.

It recommends closing restaurants and bars, schools in affected areas of the country, and for people to avoid visiting nursing homes.

The guidelines call for no “eating or drinking in bars, restaurants, and food courts – use drive through, pickup, and delivery options.”

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The memo calls on governors that have states with “evidence of community transmission to close schools in the affected areas.” And it asks state leaders to address childcare issues as well as nutritional needs of children who use schools for their meals.

It also says if you “are an older person, stay home and away from other people.” And the memo states that “even if you are young, or otherwise healthy, you are at risk and your activities can increase the risk for others.”

The president also recommends that Americans avoid social gatherings of 10 or more people.

“Additionally, there are practical suggestions including following the directions of authorities, stay home if feel sick, staying home if you have the virus, and practicing good hygiene,” the UK’s Daily Mail reported.

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