During his address, President Trump stated that the United States has been taking tough measures to defeat the virus, calling it the most aggressive take on a disease in modern history. Here are the highlights on how:
- In order to limit the number of cases traveling Americans carry into the United States, the President enacted a temporary travel ban from Europe. Starting Friday at midnight, there will be no travel to or from the Schengen Area of Europe for the next 30 days.
- After a meeting between the President and leaders of the health insurance industry, it was agreed that all co-pays related to COVID-19 treatment will be waived to limit the financial burden of the pandemic.
- President Trump also explained that he signed an $8.3 billion funding bill to aid the Center for Disease Control and Prevention and other government agencies to fight the virus.
- It was also announced that there are plans to provide more financial relief for people who are ill, quarantined or caring for others who are ill. President Trump estimates that these financial measures will provide an additional $200 million to the American economy.
- To expedite the widescale treatment of the disease, the federal government will also cut regulations surrounding available antiviral treatments.
- President Trump assured the public that testing capabilities were expanding very quickly, and treatment plans are improving.
- The President advised nursing homes to suspend all medically unnecessary visits and to avoid non-essential travel to crowded areas. He instructed to follow the guidance on school closures, social distancing and reducing large gatherings.
- President Trump also echoed the advice of global health officials to practice good hygiene through handwashing, cleaning often-used surfaces, covering your mouth when you sneeze or cough with a tissue and most importantly, to stay home when you are sick.
The President ended the address stating that there is no nation more prepared for this and we all must come together to work compassionately to fight this pandemic.