The governor of California has taken the next step and has ordered all 40 million residents in the state to stay home.

Governor Gavin Newsom made that order last night to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.  Newsome restricted non-essential movements to control the spread of this pandemic that threatens to overwhelm the state of California's medical system. This tough action is the 'new normal', as the infection rates are doubling every four days in parts of his state. The California Governor went on to say that 56% of residents could contract the virus over the next eight weeks.

Residents may still leave their homes for walks and exercise and essential needs like food and medical care, but California is one of the worst affected states in the U.S.

Michigan currently has 334 cases while New York has at least 5,298 and Washington has at least 1,376 confirmed cases.

More sobering news, the coronavirus has killed more people in Italy than any other country, even China where the disease began. Italy has seen 427 die from the virus in a day.

How do you and your family stay safe? WASH YOUR HANDS. Do this for about 20 seconds with soap and hot water, or use a sanitizer gel.  Even if you have no symptoms, you should work from home where possible and avoid all social venues. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands and avoid any close contact with people who are unwell.

This virus is serious and spreading fast. If you live with someone who has a 'new continuous' cough or high temp, you need to stay home for 14 days in case symptoms develop.

CNN.com has more on this developing story.

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