by Sharon Rondeau

(Mar. 16, 2020) — New guidance issued at a Monday-afternoon White House presser advises Americans not to congregate in groups larger than ten, as opposed to no more than 50 people recommended by the CDC as of Sunday.

“Social-distancing” has become a new term in the American lexicon since the domestic emergence of the coronavirus, which began in Wuhan, China in December or possibly earlier.

“We need to appeal to every single American,” Dr. Deborah Birx, infectious-disease specialist, said.  She said that distance between people is the goal for the immediate future.

The time frame for the new guidance is a preliminary 15 days, after which the situation will be re-evaluated, with the goal of reducing the spread of the virus.  “We’re calling upon every American to do your part,” Vice President Mike Pence said.

Trump suggested that the new guidance on larger gatherings and other changes to daily life might be in place through “July or August” but that that time frame is not firm.  “We are making recommendations,” Trump said, rather than issuing edicts for restaurants and other places which serve the public to close.

Pence reported a “very productive” conference call with governors Monday morning.  Pence was appointed by President Trump to lead the White House Coronavirus Task Force, of which Birx is a member.

Birx said that the millennial generation could be key in preventing the spread of the disease given its higher likelihood of socializing in groups and extensive use of social-media platforms.

Trump acknowledged that because of the U.S. outbreak of the disease last month, the economy could be facing a recession.  The stock market, at record highs a month ago, has plunged several times over the last week, including at Monday morning’s opening.  However, later in the presser, Trump said that “the market will take care of itself” after the virus is vanquished.

Mass testing for the virus is now available through private companies, HHS Assistant Secretary Brett Giroir reminded reporters in the White House briefing room.  “Tens of thousands” are expected to be tested beginning this week, Giroir said.

The Task Force has been holding daily briefings, including over the past weekend, on the progress the federal government is making on testing, which emergency legislation passed by Congress extends to all Americans at no cost or co-pay.

The administration is not calling for a national curfew at this time, Trump said, as has been recently rumored online.

NIAID Director Dr. Anthony S. Fauci said that the first clinical trial of “45 normal individuals” was launched today in Seattle, WA, an area particularly hard-hit by the coronavirus. Fauci said that the accomplishment constitutes “a record” after only “65 days.”  He said that although today’s recommendations might seem severe, they are necessary to stop the spread of the virus.



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  1. Tom look up “Stafford Act” at You will see some
    articles that say this email is a fake email.

    These posts were on Twitter today:

    MT @WayneDupreeShow

    US National Guard deployed across 28 states as military expands role

    …..states implementing a “soft martial law?” Everything in place for a martial law designation without the written order?



    Send in the troops: More than 3,300 National Guard soldiers deployed across
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    Immigrants arrested by ICE in 2019 had been convicted of over 1,500 murders.”

  2. Can the federal government order a national quarantine?

    A friend sent me this email tonight. He said he received this info from his sister.

    From: Kim
    Date: Mon, Mar 16, 2020 at 5:24 PM
    Subject: News from the top
    To: Tom

    “I received a call very late last night from a source that works for Homeland security. He said that they are preparing to mobilize the national guard. Preparing to dispatch them across the US along with military. Next they will call in 1st responders. He said they are preparing to announce a nationwide 1 week quarantine for all citizens. All businesses closed. Everyone at home. They were told to pack and be prepared for up to 30 days deployment which he said means they may extend the quarantine up to 30 days. He told me to notify our family members and have them stock up and be prepared. They will announce this as soon as they have troops in place to help prevent looters and rioters… he said he got the call last night and was told to pack and be prepared for the call today with his dispatch orders. He thinks they will announce before the end of the weekend to keep people home on Monday”

    “Within 48 to 72 Hours the president will evoke what is called the Stafford act. Just got off the phone with high ranking military friends in DC who just got out of a two-hour briefing. The president will order a two-week mandatory quarantine for the nation. Stock up on whatever you need to make sure you have a two week supply of everything. Please forward to your network.”