The White House’s new guidelines also suggested citizens to avoid eating and drinking at bars, restaurants and food courts; going on shopping trips and making social visits, visiting nursing homes and retirement or long-term care facilities.
Dr. Anthony Fauci of the National Institutes of Health emphasized that drive-thru testing in states across the country should be made a priority for those over the age of 65 or those showing symptoms.
Dr. Deborah Birx, member of the Coronavirus Task Force, spoke to the responsibility on the shoulders of millennials, the nation’s largest generation, to adhere to the guidelines put out Monday.
With several reporters asking why the change in the federal guidelines occurred, Birx said her team discovered new information Monday about how limiting the social gatherings could impact curbing the virus.
“We had new information coming out (from models),” Birx said. “What had the biggest impact in the model was social distancing, small groups and not going in the public...We talked about it before, it’s a silent virus. HIV was silent, and the HIV epidemic was solved by the community.”