President Trump has extended the U.S. social distancing guidelines until April 30. According to experts, the number of cases in the U.S. will reach its peak in two weeks, around the time Trump was originally stating he was hoping the country would be back to normal.
Trump stated that the country will be “well on our way to recovery” by the beginning of June.
In addition to the national guidelines, each state and some cities have their own guidelines as well. Check with your local authorities on shelter in place measures.
All over the country, school districts have gone to homeschooling, and some have closed school for the remainder of the school year. People are working from home, many have lost jobs, and some businesses and arts organizations have closed. This is an unprecedented outbreak.
White House guidelines
The social distancing guidelines from the White House include not gathering in groups larger than 10 people and remaining at home when at all possible. The White House will finalize their guidelines on Tuesday March 31.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, the government’s infectious disease expert, predicts that over 100,000 Americans could die from the virus, with millions becoming infected.
Number of coronavirus cases growing
As of March 31, there are 177,452 cases of coronavirus in the U.S. and 3,440 fatalities. Those numbers are growing by the minute. So far New York has been the hardest with 1,550 fatalities and 75,795 cases. The Navy hospital ship USNS Comfort arrived in New York City Monday to provide extra hospital beds for non-coronavirus patients. Other states that have been hit hard are Louisiana, California, New Jersey, and Washington.
The Trump administration is also working on getting more testing available and more masks for hospital personnel. There is a new test available from Abbott Laboratories that can deliver results in 5 minutes and will be delivered starting this week.
As it stands, cases in the U.S. doubled in just one day last week. No one knows for sure how the pandemic will play out. If Americans stay at home and socially distance, the greater the chances are of mitigating the virus and keeping the number of fatalities down.