Social Distancing Precautions Have Extended

On March 29, President Trump announced that social distancing precautions have extended through the end of April. This comes after two top doctors affiliated with Trump’s administration warned that up to 200,000 Americans could lose their lives to the virus. Dr. Anthony Fauci believes it is “entirely conceivable that if we do not mitigate to the extent that we’re trying to do that you could reach that number.” Experts in Trump’s camp are hopeful that by extending the precautions, we have a better chance of lessening the spread of the virus and keeping more Americans alive and well.

Social Distancing Precautions Have Extended

President Trump was hopeful that the country could be back to work by Easter, but with updates from his trusted advisers, that date has been pushed back to April 30 and is expected to extend further. The guidelines urge people to stay at home and avoid gathering in groups of more than 10 people. Many health experts were skeptical of Trump’s vision for an April 12 end date, but without setting dates it is hard for many Americans to maintain any sort of hope. With the Trump administration working diligently to get a handle on this quickly spreading virus, Americans should be taking the precautions very seriously and accept extensions as they come.

Aid for the U.S.

On the same day as the extension announcement, an aircraft with gloves, masks, and other necessary medical equipment, landed in New York from China. This is one of 22 such flights scheduled to enter the United States. These flights are all expected to arrive by early April, aiding in the fight against the coronavirus. The first carrier brought over 11 million pieces of medical equipment that hospitals have found themselves running out of recently. FEMA will distribute most of the supplies among New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut, while the rest will go to nursing homes in those states as well as other highly affected areas. This load will make a small dent in the amount of supplies needed by hospitals, many have resorted to homemade supplies and are relying on donations. Receiving supplies in the millions will benefit hospital greatly, but experts suggest the number needed is in the billions, especially if this pandemic lasts through the year. Foreign governments and the U.S. government are working tirelessly to acquire ventilators and other medical supplies from China, the majority supplier for the U.S. in 2019. With China’s claims that their coronavirus troubles have subsided as of late, factories new and old should be able to produce plenty for other countries in need. As of now, the government relies on distributors such as McKesson Corp, Cardinal, Medline, etc. and hopes that pleas from government officials will keep the help rolling in.

Stop the Spread of the Coronavirus!

As always, stay in your homes as often as possible. Wash your hands and disinfect surfaces in your home and cars regularly. If you are still going to the office each day, sanitize your hands regularly throughout your shift and keep your work space clean. If you feel sick, do NOT go to work, for your sake as well as those around you. Maintain a safe distance from people in public at all times, but most importantly: maintain your health! Reach out to your doctor by phone before going in to a clinic or hospital.

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