Should Americans prepare for a lockdown like China and Italy?

ABC News Chief Medical Correspondent answers these questions on what we should expect from the coronavirus outbreak in the U.S.
1:12 | 03/09/20

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We know there are a lot of new headlines tonight on corona virus so we wanted to bring back doctor gen action tonight. And doctor Jenn the first question when asked whose about the cruise ships the US State Department now advising Americans not to travel by cruise ship. Grade I mean it comes down to risk vs benefit time and obviously now the risk outweighs the benefit we can remember these are literally small cities at C. Thousands of people in close quarters close contact with each other with a passenger list that basically skews older in general. And we're watching what's happening with this ship off California after what happened in Japan thousands of lives at stake. Also busy time during spring break now. We also just heard about what's happened in northern Italy it's happened in China we're talking about the mass quarantine. Could something like that happen here in the US I think sampling possible you're referring to something that we call social distancing and that's an aggressive measure that's taken to help. Contain an outbreak or slow its spread so we're talking about closing schools canceling large gatherings working from home which obviously not everyone can do. And very effective in not only slowing the spread but buying us time and also helping to protect them more vulnerable populations. Doctor Jack national press and.

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