FoxNews.com reports that
President Trump announced on Monday a set of guidelines that he said Americans should follow to prevent the further spread of the coronavirus — despite admitting that the pandemic could stretch into July or August.
Speaking during a briefing of the coronavirus task force, Trump outlined a plan to slow the spread of COVID-19 in 15 days.
“With several weeks of focused action, we can turn the corner and turn it quickly,” Trump said. “Our government is prepared to do whatever it takes.”
At another point during the news conference, asked if the U.S. was headed into a recession, Trump replied: “Well, it may be.” But then, he said, “We’re not thinking in terms of recession, we’re thinking in terms of the virus.”
The guidelines advised that older people and those with underlying health conditions “stay home and away from other people.”
Officials recommended that large swaths of the population isolate themselves and everyone avoid social gatherings or groups of more than 10 people.
They also said Americans should work from home if possible; avoid eating or drinking in bars and restaurants; and “avoid discretionary travel, shopping trips, and social visits.”
When asked when the pandemic would subside, Trump said that “if we do a really good job,” the crisis could pass by July or August, a far less optimistic take than in his earlier predictions that it could be over within weeks.
“We will rally together as one nation and we will defeat the virus,” he added.
Trump’s comments came as Ohio’s governor announced his recommendation to delay the state’s primary election until June amid the outbreak. The president said that while the state’s whose presidential primary elections are being very careful, he thinks postponing elections are “unnecessary.”
“Postponing is not a very good thing,” he said. “I think postponing is unnecessary.”
The coronavirus pandemic has infected over 169,000 people and killed over 6,500. The COVID-19 illness has caused mild or moderate symptoms for most patients, but severe symptoms have been more likely in the elderly or people with existing health problems. More than 77,000 people have recovered from it so far, mostly in China.
The U.S. surgeon general said Monday that the United States was about where Italy was two weeks ago in the coronavirus struggle, a sign that infections were expected to rise.
“We are at a critical inflection point in this country, people,” Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams told Fox News. “When you look at the projections, there’s every chance that we could be Italy.” Still, he said the U.S. had opportunities to mitigate the pandemic.
On Fox News, Adams claimed the U.S. had “turned the tide” on testing, a critical part of tracking and containing pandemics, but whether that was true remained to be seen.
The U.S. effort has been hobbled by a series of missteps, including flaws with the testing kits first distributed by the federal government and bureaucratic hurdles that held up testing by private laboratories. But, Trump, who has been sharply criticized for underplaying the severity of the crisis, stuck to his optimistic tone about the nation’s response.
“Everybody is so well unified and working so hard,” he tweeted. “It is a beautiful thing to see.”
I, for one, appreciate all of the hard work which President Trump, Vice-President Pence and the Coronavirus Task Force have done and are doing in their attempt to lessen the severity of this crisis which we are experiencing.
As I have been writing, this all seems very surreal to me, like something out of a bad Outer Limits episode.
However, unfortunately, it is very real.
Perhaps this is a test or perhaps this is an opportunity which has been laid before us.
A former pastor of mine posted on Facebook that God is forcing the Church to going out among the people.
While we are all supposed to let our light shines as examples of His love, it is difficult to do it in today’s coarse, hurried, and selfish world.
The president called on Americans to stop hoarding supplies so that they may be readily available for others, who are not physically able to go ripping and running through the local Walmart, scooping up all of the toilet paper, disinfectant, etc.
As Christian Americans, or, if you are not a follower of Christ, simply out of compassion for others, please let our older friends and neighbors break in line at the cash register in front of you. They are, in many cases, feeble and afraid, and a simple act of kindness will mean the world to them and will allow them to get back to the safety of their home in a faster manner.
There is absolutely no reason to be hoarding anything. Toilet paper is produced in America, not China.
And, if you are hoarding toilet paper because of a pandemic caused by an upper respiratory virus, you’re concentrating on wiping the wrong end.
President Trump is right.
Americans have always stood together in times of crisis.
My late parents’ generation was called “The Greatest” because of the way that they sacrificed to defeat fascism around the globe during World War II while winning the “war at home”.
Judging from a lot of the behavior I have been seeing in the retail and grocery stores during the Coronavirus Crisis, there are members of this present generation who couldn’t fight their way out of a cage constructed of toilet paper.
This is our nation’s opportunity to pull together as Americans, to take care of one another as our parents and grandparents did before us.
This is not the time for petty politics.
This is the time, just like the day after September 11, 2001, for Americans to unite and stand together as one against a common enemy.
GOD’S GOT THIS!!!
Until He Comes,