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COVID-19 UPDATE

The new guidelines and what we learned today

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“We’re announcing new guidelines for every American to follow over the next 15 days as we combat the virus… Work to engage in schooling from home when possible. Avoid gathering in groups of more than 10 people. Avoid discretionary travel. And avoid eating and drinking at bars, restaurants, & public food courts.”

Pres. Trump said the newly strengthened 15-day guidelines apply to everyone, including the "young and healthy."
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“… the most important thing was if one person in the household became infected, the whole household self-quarantined for 14 days. Because that stops 100% of the transmission outside of the household.”

Dr. Deborah Birx explaining how the latest data from across the globe helped shape the new recommendation that people limit their social gatherings to no more than 10 people. She added that regardless of age, the sick should stay home.
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“We’re really entering a new phase of testing.”

Admiral Brett Giroir, M.D. on the new COVID-19 testing capabilities now that the government has access to a network of large commercial labs. The Admiral said "tens of thousands" of people will be able to get tested each day this week. He also said the barrier is no longer the amount of tests available but the mechanics of administering the test, noting healthcare providers must dress in full protective gear for each test.
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“So it’s happened; the first injection was today.”

Dr. Anthony Fauci announcing that a clinical trial for a COVID-19 vaccine has officially begun. The Seattle trial will involve 45 healthy adults aged 18 to 55 who will receive two injections 28 days apart. Next, they'll be followed by researchers for a year to determine whether the vaccine induces a protective response. Dr. Fauci previously said a COVID-19 vaccine is at least a year away.
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“…  to be able to address this virus comprehensively that we cannot see, for which we don’t have a vaccine or a therapeutic. The only thing we have right now is the amazing ingenuity & compassion of the American people.”

Dr. Birx imploring the public to adhere to the new guidelines. She also said that millennials are the "core group that will stop this virus" because they often socialize and may spread the virus even without symptoms.
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Vice President Mike Pence referred to the new guidelines as "what our experts say is the best opportunity we have to lower the infection rate over the entire course of the coronavirus."

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March 16 White House COVID-19 Task Force Briefing CLICK HERE

New COVID-19 Guidelines CLICK HERE

COVID-19: Treatment & Vaccine CLICK HERE

COVID-19: The First US Case Of Coronavirus CLICK HERE