|President Trump extended the social distancing guidelines until April 30.|
Word of the Day: March 30, 2020
adjective | kwik-SAH-tik
Definition: foolishly impractical especially in the pursuit of ideals
|That's a while from now.|
|It is. But the goal is to flatten the curve. The measure was taken after Dr. Anthony Fauci – the country's leading expert on infectious diseases – warned that the US could face more than 100,000 deaths and millions of COVID-19 infections. Over the weekend, the CDC also issued an advisory, encouraging residents of New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut not to travel domestically.|
|Tell me more.|
|The agency issued the advisory for 14 days. And said it was in an effort to contain the coronavirus's spread. That's because New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut make up more than half of the over 130,000 cases nationwide. And more than 1,000 people have died in New York. The CDC's update is just an advisory, but some states are taking matters into their own hands.|
|In Rhode Island, the governor issued an order requiring anyone visiting from out-of-state to self-quarantine for 14 days. The order broadened earlier restrictions that singled out New Yorkers, with the National Guard doing house-to-house searches to find people from New York and force them to quarantine. In Florida, the governor allowed for highway checkpoints to screen drivers from New York and Louisiana, telling them to self-quarantine for two weeks.|
|Wasn't the federal gov considering a quarantine?
|The ability to issue a quarantine largely falls on states. But the federal gov also has some authority. Over the weekend, Trump threatened to quarantine parts of the tri-state area...but then walked it back. The last time US health officials issued a mandatory quarantine was in the 1960s during a smallpox outbreak.|
|Each state appears to be taking its own approach toward COVID-19. But many state and gov officials seem to agree on one thing: people who can should stay home.|
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