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On March 16, 2020, the U.S. Government announced a mix of guidelines intended khổng lồ slow the spread of COVID-19.

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Individual states have now begun lớn issue stay-at-home orders as well.Stay-at-home orders restrict people from leaving their homes for anything other than essential activities.They’re intended to limit people’s contact with each other in order khổng lồ slow the spread of the disease.Slowing the spread of COVID-19 will prevent hospitals from becoming overwhelmed with more cases than they can handle.All data and statistics are based on publicly available data at the time of publication. Some information may be out of date. Visit our coronavirus hub and follow our live updates page for the most recent information on the COVID-19 pandemic.

As of March 24, 2020, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that there have been 54,453 reported cases of COVID-19 within the United States và its territories.

In addition, there have been 737 deaths.

In response lớn the growing threat presented by the SARS-CoV-2 virus, the organism that causes COVID-19, the U.S. Government announced a phối of guidelines on March 16 intended khổng lồ slow the spread of the disease.

In addition, individual states are now beginning to lớn issue stay-at-home orders.

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Exactly what vị these orders mean, and how will they affect the public?

thantuongbolero.vn consulted a pair of experts lớn answer some of the most frequently asked questions.

According to lớn Brian Labus, PhD, MPH, an assistant professor in the School of Public Health at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, a stay-at-home order means you should remain at home and away from other people unless it’s absolutely necessary khổng lồ go out.

“We want people to stay at trang chủ as much as possible, but make exceptions khổng lồ go out for medical care, food, và essential work,” explained Labus.

Although some have been calling it a shelter-in-place order, this isn’t actually the case, Labus said.

A shelter-in-place order would mean that you couldn’t go out for any reason due to lớn an immediate threat to lớn your life & safety.

“If you do not follow a shelter-in-place order, you put your life at risk.

“If you do not follow a stay-at-home order, you put the community at risk in addition to yourself,” he said.

According to lớn Aline M. Holmes, DNP, RN, clinical associate professor và director, Clinical Systems Project, Rutgers University School of Nursing, the purpose of a stay-at-home order is khổng lồ limit how many people are exposed khổng lồ the virus.

“If we allowed everyone to lớn go about their business as usual, most everyone would come in tương tác with the virus,” said Holmes. “Of those, about 80 percent would get pretty sick, và of those, about trăng tròn percent will need lớn be hospitalized.”

Using her own state of New Jersey as an example, Holmes noted that it has a population of around 8.9 million people. If 80 percent got sick & 20 percent of those needed hospitalization, New Jersey’s healthcare system would become overwhelmed.

“By restricting the number of folks exposed to the virut at any one time, we can spread the number of cases over a longer length of time — hopefully enough time lớn manage staffing and resources better,” said Holmes.

Labus said the main thing you shouldn’t be doing is gathering with other people when there isn’t an essential need to bởi so.

Activities like parties, visiting entertainment venues, or dining out will all have to lớn be postponed, he said, although you can still take food to go or have it delivered to lớn your home.

Labus also suggested that even though schools are closed, we shouldn’t treat it as if kids are on vacation. “This is not the time for them to lớn get together and play,” said Labus, “even if they are outside.”