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White House Coronavirus Task Force recommends avoiding grocery stores, pharmacies over next two weeks

The White House Coronavirus Task Force is now urging Americans to avoid going to grocery stores and pharmacies over the next two weeks as the pandemic is expected to worsen across the country.

Dr. Deborah Birx, the White House’s task force coordinator, made the warning during a weekend press conference.

 

“The next two weeks are extraordinarily important,” said Birx. “This is the moment to not be going to the grocery store, not going to the pharmacy, but doing everything you can to keep your family and your friends safe and that means everybody doing the 6-feet distancing, washing their hands.”

 

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and a member of the task force, reiterated he remarked and emphasized the importance of social distancing to slow the spread of COVID-19.

 

“As sobering and a difficult as this is, what we are doing is making a difference,” Fauci said.

 

As Fauci urged Americans to be patient and let mitigation efforts work, Trump said: “Mitigation does work. But again, we’re not going to destroy our country.”

The previously booming economy was one of Trump’s most significant talking points heading into the 2020 presidential elections. Still, these previous weeks have seen a steep drop as the U.S. encounters a fallout from the virus that has shuttered businesses, gutted airlines, and forced people into their homes.
The number of people infected in the U.S. has exceeded 300,000, with the death toll climbing past 8,400; more than 3,500 of those deaths are in the state of New York. For most people, the virus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough, that clear up in two to three weeks. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia and death.

If you feel sick:

The Florida Department of Health has opened a COVID-19 Call Center at 1-866-779-6121. Agents will answer questions around the clock. Questions may also be emailed to covid-19@flhealth.gov. Email responses will be sent during call center hours.

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