On March 16, President Donald Trump issued recommended coronavirus guidelines for the United States, linked to the coronavirus.govwebsite.

Those guidelines, titled, “15 Days to Slow the Spread,” include:

  • Listen to and follow the directions of your state and local authorities
  • If you feel sick, stay home. Do not go to work. Contact your medical provider.
  • If your children are sick, keep them at home. Do not send them to school. Contact your medical provider.
  • If someone in your household has tested positive for the coronavirus, keep the entire household at home. Do not go to work. Do not go to school. Contact your medical provider.
  • If you are an older person, stay home and away from other people.
  • If you are a person with a serious underlying health condition that can put you at increased risk (for example, a condition that impairs your lung or heart function or weakens your immune system), stay home and away from other people.

The president’s March 16 coronavirus guidelines also includes a section subtitled, “Do your part to slow the spread of the coronavirus.” That section notes, “Even if you are young, or otherwise healthy, you are at risk and your activities can increase the risk for others. It is critical that you do your part to slow the spread of the coronavirus.”

The recommendations in that section include:

  • Work or engage in schooling from home whenever possible.
  • If you work in a critical infrastructure industry, as defined by the Department of Homeland Security, such as healthcare services and pharmaceutical and food supply, you have a special responsibility to maintain your normal work schedule. You and your employers should follow CDC (Centers for Disease Control) guidance to protect your health at work.
  • Avoid social gatherings in groups of more than 10 people.
  • Avoid eating, drinking at bars, restaurants and food courts – use drive through, pickup or delivery options
  • Avoid discretionary travel, shopping trips and social visits
  • Do not visit nursing homes or retirement or long-term care facilities unless to provide critical assistance
  • Practice good hygiene: Wash your hands, especially after touching any frequently used item or surface; avoid touching your face; sneeze or cough into a tissue, or the inside of your elbow; and disinfect frequently used items and surfaces as much as possible.

(Recommendations for coronavirus precautions and advice on how to stop the spread of coronavirus continue to be updated. Check the coronavirus.gov website for the latest recommendations.)