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New federal coronavirus guidelines to 'slow the spread'

WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal government issued new guidelines Monday for Americans on how to combat the coronavirus pandemic, titled “15 Days to Slow the Spread.” The 15 days are seen as a trial period for the new recommendations and add to previous guidance about practicing good hygiene, staying home if sick and following state and local authorities.

Highlights of the guidance: — Avoid social gatherings of more than 10 people. — Older people: Stay home and away from other people. — Avoid eating or drinking at bars, restaurants and food courts. Use drive-through, pickup or delivery options.

— People in a home where someone has tested positive for COVID-19: Keep the entire household at home. — People with serious underlying health conditions that can put them at increased risk: Stay home and away from other people.

— Work or engage in schooling from home whenever possible. — Avoid discretionary travel, shopping trips and social visits. — Do not visit nursing homes or retirement or long-term care facilities except to provide critical assistance.

— In states with evidence of community transmission: Bars, restaurants, food courts, gyms and other indoor and outdoor venues where people congregate should close. — Schools should be closed in areas with community transmission and in surrounding areas, and if the virus has been detected in people associated with the school.

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