Here’s the most important thing you can do to beat COVID-19

The sooner we decide as a society to isolate ourselves as much as possible, the better off we will be



March 19, 2020 - 9:49 AM

George Sgagis, standing in the normally busy bar area, is following government recommendations and offering food takeout or delivery only, with no dining-in, at his restaurant in Harrisburg, Pa.

We have seen a lot of well-meaning but bad advice floating around the internet in recent days urging us to get out and support local businesses or to somehow go shopping to support the economy.

We appreciate the good intentions behind these messages. But right now, if you are healthy and unless your work is critical to public health and safety, there is one thing you can do to contribute: Stay home.

The coming crisis will only be abated if Americans at large don’t go out, don’t make unessential trips and don’t gather in groups. Those activities will prolong the crisis and potentially upend our health care system.

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