WH Coronavirus Coordinator: Limit Gatherings to Under 10 People - Even at Home

Melanie Arter | March 16, 2020 | 4:31pm EDT
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(CNSNews.com) - Dr. Deborah Birx, White House coordinator of the coronavirus response team, said Monday that millenials “are the core group” that will stop COVID-19.

Speaking at the White House along with President Donald Trump and the rest of the response team, Birx advised people to limit gatherings to under 10 people, even at home. She said the government wants people to be “separated at this time.”


“We now need to appeal to every single American so that they can have their role in stopping the spread of this virus. We have talked about things before about washing your hands, but we really want to focus on if you are sick, no matter who you are, please stay home. If someone in your household is diagnosed with this virus, the entire household should quarantine in the house to prevent spread of the virus to others,” Birx said.

“The reason we’re taking these strong and bold steps is because we know there is virus spread before you develop symptoms and then we know that there is a large group - we don't know the precise percent yet - that actually is asymptomatic or has such mild cases that they continue to spread the virus,” she said.

“If your children are sick, please keep them home. Now to our older population or those with pre-existing medical conditions, everyone in the household needs to focus on protecting them - everyone in the household,” Birx said.

“I want to speak particularly to our largest generation now, our millennials. I am the mom of two wonderful millennial young women who are bright and hardworking and I will tell you what I told them. They are the core group that will stop this virus. They are the group that communicates successfully independent of picking up the phone. They intuitively know how to contact each other without being in large social gatherings,” she said.

We are asking all of them to hold their gatherings to under 10 people, not just in bars and restaurants but in homes. We really want people to be separated at this time. To be able to address this virus comprehensively that we cannot see for which we don't have a vaccine or therapeutic, the only thing we have right now is the amazing ingenuity and compassion of the American people,” the doctor added.

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