Dr. Deborah Birx, the White House’s coronavirus response coordinator said on March 24 that anyone who has left New York in the past few days should self-quarantine to avoid infecting others.

Dr. Birx said during the White House press briefing, “To everyone who has left New York over the last few days, because of the rate of the number of cases, you may have been exposed before you left New York. Everybody who was in New York should be self-quarantining for the next 14 days to ensure that the virus doesn’t spread to others. No matter where they have gone, whether it’s Florida or North Carolina or out to the far reaches of Long Island.”

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New York City has become the epicenter of the virus in the United States. The New York Times reported March 23 that the city and its surrounding areas had 5% of global cases. More than half of the nation’s 51,000 cases, as of March 23, were reported in New York. Mayor Bill de Blasio said that hospitals will make it through the end of the week with current equipment until they see shortages.

Read more about protecting yourself from coronavirus. Check the CDC website for more information on how to protect yourself and check our latest article to learn how COVID-19 differs from the flu.

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