'Social Distancing' as Americans Urged to Stay Home, Avoid Gathering

Headline Roundup March 16th, 2020

In response to the coronavirus outbreak in the United States, public officials and medical professionals alike have called for 'social distancing,' telling people to limit time in public to prevent contracting or spreading the virus. Media coverage centered on a CDC recommendation to avoid gatherings of over 50 people for the next eight weeks; other voices examined possible side effects and consequences of the distancing.

From the Left
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As the coronavirus advances across the country, more Americans are staying in their homes. That sort of "social distancing" is considered essential to slowing the spread of the virus and easing the burden on the beleaguered health infrastructure.

But for those suffering from depression, especially those who struggle with suicidal thoughts, it is definitely not what the doctor ordered.

Any "isolation is so devastating to our own mood because we're left stuck with our own thoughts," said Emily Roberts, a Manhattan-based psychotherapist. "If you're struggling with a mental health disease,...

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From the Left
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CHICAGO (AP) — Millions of Americans began their work week holed up at home Monday against the coronavirus outside their doors, as the escalating outbreak shifted the nation’s daily routines in ways never before seen in U.S. history.

As wide swaths of the economy began shuddering to a halt, the financial markets opened with stocks dropping on Wall Street by nearly 10 percent, triggering an automatic 15-minute halt to trading. That came despite emergency Federal Reserve action late Sunday that cut the key interest rate to near zero.

The best-case...

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From the Right
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Without naming names, I made an observation on Saturday night, based on the social choices of a shocking number of the people I follow on Instagram -- many of whom are young and healthy. Despite increased calls for social distancing as the United States grapples with a rapidly increasing avalanche of confirmed cases of Coronavirus -- with many more to come -- numerous anecdotal reports indicated that many nightlife hotspots were packed with people partying and drinking, as if nothing were happening. I was taken aback:

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