In a video message shared on Twitter, the first lady said, "Today, I want to speak with you about coronavirus and what it means for you and your family."
"While changes need to be made now, this is not how we will live forever," she said, ostensibly referring to public school closures and canceled events. "Our children will return to school, people will return to work, we will gather at places of worship, concerts, and sporting events again. I urge you to stay connected to family and loved ones through video chats, phone calls, social media, and other safe technologies."
She also encouraged people to follow CDC guidelines and concluded with, "Stay safe, and remember, while many of us are apart, we are all in this together."
I want to take a moment to thank the medical staff, doctors, nurses & first responders who are working tirelessly to help keep our country healthy & safe.— Melania Trump (@FLOTUS) March 16, 2020
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