Why are people still gathering in large groups despite official warnings?

Dr. Todd Ellerin explains why social distancing is no joke and why we should all take it seriously.
0:50 | 03/23/20

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Back now with more on the coronavirus outbreak. Joining us now is Dr. Todd el Erin, director of infectious diseases in the Boston area. And doctor, we've seen images today of people gathering in groups despite the official warnings. We've covered this extensively, but can you explain why social distancing is no joke? Well, Tom, we're seeing how contagious this virus is. And generally, we think it's spread through close contact. Short distances, coughing on one another, sharing the same drinks, touching the same surfaces. The other thing we've just realized is that in the U.S., about 40% of our hospitalizations are in patients aged 20 to 54. This is not just a disease of the elderly or those with weakened immune systems. We have to take it seriously, social distancing is key. Dr. El Erin, thank you for your time and your service during this crisis.

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