The United States is now at a critical stage of a new coronavirus outbreak, and public officials are now urging people to avoid even supermarkets and pharmacies, even though they are essential,media BGR reported. “The next two weeks are incredibly important,” Deborah Birx, the White House’s coronary virus response coordinator, told reporters at a news conference Saturday. “It’s a time to go to the supermarket, not to the pharmacy, but to do everything we can to keep family and friends safe. On Monday, Brett Giroir, head of the U.S. Department of Health’s U.S. Public Health Division, made the same recommendation on NBC’s “Today.”
“We’re all talking about the same thing,” Giroir told show host Savannah Guthrie. “You really need to minimize contact with others, with different surfaces. “
Of course, these officials are not suggesting that people stop buying medicine or necessities altogether. They advise people to go to supermarkets or pharmacies only when necessary and to spread the tour as much as possible. Many communities, supermarkets and pharmacies are currently the only places open to the public in many communities across the United States.
Retailers like Wal-Mart have increasingly taken matters into their own hands when it comes to encouraging social isolation and limiting the chances of the virus spreading through hordes of shoppers. Over the weekend, Wal-Mart began restricting the number of people entering its stores at any given time — for example, some Wal-Mart employees would guide shoppers through designated areas to the supermarket, where they were counted separately.
Some supermarkets have also set up signs near cash registers indicating where shoppers should stand so there is no pile-up. Vermont has even asked Wal-Mart and other large retailers to stop selling non-essentialitems in their stores to reduce the risk of the spread of the new virus.