Containment Efforts: Persons age 65+ to self-isolate, schools and businesses close

Dated: March 16 2020

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Yesterday, Governor Newsom asked Californians over the age of 65 to isolatethemselves from others and told neighborhood bars and pubs to close. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has also issued new guidancesaying gatherings of over 50 people should not take place over the next eight weeks.

On Thursday, San Francisco public schools shut down for three weeks; on Friday, the Los Angeles United School District closed for two. San Diego UnifiedFresno Unified and Sacramento City Unified also added to the growing list of school closures, all in an effort to contain the spread of the virus. If you’ve found yourself suddenly with children at home who would usually be at school, there are several resources available to help. The CDC also has a helpful guide for how to talk to your children about the disease.

Also, the NBA and NHL suspended their seasons, Disneyland and Disney World both shut down for two weeks, and many businesses — including Amazon and Google — are encouraging or requiring their employees to work from home. Even AMC Theatres are reducing seating capacity.

These measures are all tools for “social distancing”: a practice recommended by public health officials to slow the spread of contagious diseases. Anticipating that these social distancing measures will have widespread economic consequences, the House of Representatives has passed a bipartisan legislation package (the Families First Coronavirus Response Act) that includes provisions for paid medical leave, free COVID-19 testing and temporary expanded federal funding for Medicaid. The Senate is slated to vote on the bill tonight.

Sources: Sacramento Bee, KCBS Radio, Los Angeles Times, San Diego Tribune, ABC 30, KCRA News, Vox, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, The New York Times, ESPN, CNN

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