Officials Urge Social Distancing Amid U.S. Coronavirus Cases

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You may have to make adjustments to your social calendar: the ongoing coronavirus crisis is causing closings and cancellations as it still poses a serious threat to the United States.

“As I’ve said many times, and I’ll repeat it, the worst is just ahead for us,” said Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the National Institutes of Health.

That’s why there’s a push for social distancing.

Schools in more than 30 states have shut their doors.

“We’ve informed the superintendents, while we’ve closed schools for three weeks, that the odds are this is going to go on a lot longer,” explained Governor Mike DeWine of Ohio. 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends canceling or postponing events that have 50 or more people for the next eight weeks.

Large gatherings are banned in some states, including California and New York.

While bars and restaurants in some states are closing early, Illinois is shutting them down completely to dine-in customers until the end of the month.

“I tried earlier this week to appeal to everyone’s good judgment to stay home to avoid bars, not to congregate in crowds,” said the state’s governor, J.B. Pritzker. “It’s unfortunate that most people didn’t take that seriously.” 

President Trump says more testing will be available soon, and that Americans shouldn’t raid grocery store shelves.

“You don’t have to buy so much, take it easy, just relax,” Trump said. 

Relax and stay away from large crowds, for the time being.

“It is how we respond to that challenge that’s going to determine what the ultimate end point is going to be,” said Fauci.