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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 to slow the spread of the disease. Getty Images
  • On March 16, 2020, the U.S. government announced a set of guidelines intended to slow the spread of COVID-19.
  • Individual states have now begun to 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 to 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.

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As of March 24, 2020, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that there have been 体育投注网址 within the United States and its territories.

In addition, there have been 737 deaths.

In response to the growing threat presented by the SARS-CoV-2 virus, the organism that causes COVID-19, the U.S. government announced a set of on March 16 intended to slow the spread of the disease.

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

体育投注网址Exactly what do these orders mean, and how will they affect the public?

Healthline consulted a pair of experts to answer some of the most frequently asked questions.

, 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 to go out.

“We want people to stay at home as much as possible, but make exceptions to go out for medical care, food, and essential work,” explained Labus.

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

体育投注网址A shelter-in-place order would mean that you couldn’t go out for any reason due to an immediate threat to your life and 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.

, DNP, RN, clinical associate professor and director, Clinical Systems Project, Rutgers University School of Nursing, the purpose of a stay-at-home order is to limit how many people are exposed to the virus.

“If we allowed everyone to go about their business as usual, most everyone would come in contact with the virus,” said Holmes. “Of those, about 80 percent would get pretty sick, and of those, about 20 percent will need to 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 and 20 percent of those needed hospitalization, New Jersey’s healthcare system would become overwhelmed.

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

that all people wear cloth face masks in public places where it’s difficult to maintain a 6-foot distance from others.
This will help slow the spread of the virus from people without symptoms or people who do not know they have contracted the virus.
Cloth face masks should be worn while continuing to practice physical distancing. Instructions for making masks at home can be found .
Note: It’s critical to reserve surgical masks and N95 respirators for healthcare workers.

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体育投注网址Holmes said the goal is to avoid inhaling any droplets containing the virus in the event that someone near you sneezes or coughs.

You can use hand sanitizer after you leave the store, she noted, but you also want to wash your hands for 20 seconds as soon as you get home and after you’ve put your groceries away.

体育投注网址Labus further noted that it’s important to maintain a distance of at least 6 feet between ourselves and others.