The White House is urging the public to avoid grocery stores, pharmacies, and other public places for at least the next two weeks.
The guidance comes as the Trump administration intensifies its fight against the novel coronavirus. (Yahoo! Lifestyle)
If there is one thing we have learned from the COVID-19 pandemic currently ravaging planet earth, is that the rules are constantly changing. This is not only due to the fact that we are learning more about the highly infectious disease daily, but also that our position on “the curve” continues to change. Over the weekend, the White House coronavirus task force warned that the next few weeks are going to be a huge battle and that we should expect many casualties. And, because of that, they are suggesting that Americans should stay home altogether, not even leaving the house to stock up on groceries.
“The next two weeks are extraordinarily important,” White House coronavirus response coordinator Deborah Birx stated during a Saturday press conference.
“The next two weeks are extraordinarily important… This is the moment to NOT be going to the grocery store, NOT going to the pharmacy, but doing everything you can to keep your family and your friends SAFE.” – Dr. Deborah Birx during the WH press briefing @ABC7 pic.twitter.com/dz4YFXX8L2
— Veronica Miracle (@ABC7Veronica) April 4, 2020
“This is the moment to not be going to the grocery store, not going to the pharmacy, but doing everything you can to keep your family and your friends safe,” she stated.
Of course, this is easier said than done. A call to “avoid grocery stores” assumes that people already stocked up before this news broke, assumes that people could afford to buy that much at one time, and assumes that everyone can afford food delivery services like Instacart. But if you have the means to stay home and acquire food a different way, it’s important to do your part to flatten the curve.