Flattening the COVID-19 Curve: President Trump's Plan to Slow the Spread

March 17, 2020

President Trump and his health advisors announced a 15-day plan to slow the spread of COVID-19.

President Trump and his health advisors announced a 15-day plan to slow the spread of COVID-19, the latest plan intended to flatten the curve of the panepidemic in the United States.

The guidance calls for a 10-person limit on social gatherings, quarantining of members of a household of an individual who has tested positive for SARS-Cov-2, and the closing of restaurants, bars, and other places where people gather in states with evidence of community transmission. 

"The reason we're taking these strong and bold steps is because we know there is a virus spread before you develop symptoms, and then we know that there's a large group-we don't know the precise percent yet-that actually is asymptomatic or has such mild cases that they continue to spread the virus," said Deborah Birx, MD a top HIV/AIDS official who has emerged as one of the more visible members of the coronavirus task force that Trump assembled and put Vice President Mike Pence in charge of. 

The 15-day mark of the guidance should not, however, be mistaken as an estimate for when the tide will be turned on COVID-19 and America returns to the old normal. 

For more on the key takeaways from the plan, read the full article on Managed Healthcare Executive