National Security Council Denies Rumors Of Impending ‘National Quarantine’
The White House National Security Council quelled rumors of a “national quarantine” on Sunday in light of the coronavirus pandemic, after text messages and social media posts circulated.
The NSC tweet reads: “Text message rumors of a national #quarantine are FAKE. There is no national lockdown. @CDCgov has and will continue to post the latest guidance on #COVID19. #coronavirus
— NSC (@WHNSC) March 16, 2020
There is no plan for a national quarantine, though officials have urged Americans to stay home as much as possible and practice social distancing.
Everyone has a role to play to reduce and slow transmission of #COVID19. Social distancing is one way to prevent the spread of COVID-19. This means avoiding crowded places and maintaining distance from others when possible. More prevention tips: https://t.co/bUyobRHpCE. pic.twitter.com/AeEZMPO4oY
— CDC (@CDCgov) March 15, 2020
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention asked on Sunday that events with 50 or more people be cancelled.
— CDC (@CDCgov) March 16, 2020
As of Monday morning in the United States, 3,602 people have contracted COVID-19, and 66 people have died.