Washington D.C.: Officials across the country curtailed many elements of American life to fight the coronavirus outbreak on Sunday, with health officials recommending that groups of 50 or more don’t get together and a government expert saying a 14 day national shutdown may be needed.
Governors and mayors were closing restaurants, bars and schools as the nation sank deeper into chaos over the crisis. Travelers returning home from overseas trips were stuck in line for hours a major airports for screenings, causing them to be crammed into just the kind of crowded spaces that public health officials have been urging people to avoid.
As Americans struggle to cope up with their daily work schedule and activities, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a dramatic recommendation: Because large events can fuel the spread of the disease, it said gatherings of 50 people or more should be canceled or postponed throughout the country for the next eight weeks. It added that, at any event, proper precautions should be taken, including making sure people are washing their hands and not getting too close.