‘Social distancing’: Quite literally, just stay away from one another

The coronavirus has coined a new phrase -- "social distancing" – and the message, quite literally means, stay away from one another.

News 12 Staff

Mar 16, 2020, 11:26 AM

Updated 1,534 days ago

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The coronavirus has coined a new phrase -- "social distancing" – and the message, quite literally means, stay away from one another.
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"As I've said many times and I'll repeat it, the worst is just ahead for us," says Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the National Institutes of Health.

Schools in more than 30 states have shut their doors.
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"We've informed the superintendents, while we've closed schools for three weeks, that the odds are this is going to go on a lot longer," says Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine.
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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends canceling or postponing events that have 50 or more people for the next eight weeks. Large gatherings are already banned in some states.
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While bars and restaurants in some states are closing early, Illinois is shutting things down completely to dine-in customers until the end of the month.

"I tried earlier this week to appeal to everyone's good judgment to stay home to avoid bars, not to congregate in crowds,” says Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker. “It's unfortunate that most people didn't take that seriously." 
President Donald Trump says more testing will be available soon, and Americans shouldn't raid grocery store shelves.

"You don't have to buy so much, take it easy, just relax," says President Trump.
For the time being, relax and stay away from large crowds.


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