Everyday life changes dramatically in the US

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As coronavirus cases continue to grow, everyday life is on hold for millions of Americans as the nation takes steps to slow the spread of the virus.

"For a while, life is not going to be the way it used to be in the United States. We have to just accept that if we want to do what's best for the American public," says Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.

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There are empty shelves, canceled events, closed schools, and shuttered businesses as health officials urge people to work from home, avoid air travel -- more importantly, social distancing: staying away from crowded, public spaces.

"We are clearly going to have more infections, there are going to be more problems with regard to morbidity and mortality," Dr. Fauci said. The challenge right now is how to blunt that."

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Drive-through testing sites are popping up in parts of the country. In New Jersey, New York and Connecticut, bans against large public gatherings are in effect.

While state and federal health agencies work around the clock to administer more tests and treat the growing number of patients, many Americans are just trying to stay positive as they adjust to the new normal.

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