Melania Trump: Read a book, work on a hobby while stuck at home
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First lady Melania TrumpMelania TrumpThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Americans debate life under COVID-19 risks The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Crowds return during Memorial Day weekend Trump marks Memorial Day at Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Fort McHenry MORE encouraged those staying home amid the coronavirus pandemic to use the time to reconnect with loved ones online, spend time with family or simply pick up a book. 

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The first lady also shared a message for St. Patrick’s Day on Tuesday, encouraging those at home to celebrate despite Americans across the country practicing social distancing to slow the spread of the coronavirus. 

“While things are different this year, and the focus is to keep each other safe & healthy, don’t forget to celebrate special events & occasions,” she tweeted.

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President TrumpDonald John TrumpMulvaney: 'We've overreacted a little bit' to coronavirus Former CBS News president: Most major cable news outlets 'unrelentingly liberal' in 'fear and loathing' of Trump An old man like me should be made more vulnerable to death by COVID-19 MORE’s daughter and senior adviser Ivanka TrumpIvana (Ivanka) Marie TrumpTrump: food chain 'almost working perfectly again' Lilly Wachowski claps back at Ivanka Trump and Elon Musk's 'red pill' exchange Trump says he gave officials 'option' to wear masks at Rose Garden event MORE shared tips Tuesday for parents who have to stay home with young children or students whose school has been canceled or moved online.

Officials recommended Monday that for the next 15 days, Americans avoid gatherings of more than 10 people; avoid discretionary travel; avoid eating in bars, restaurants and food courts; and work or engage in schooling from home if possible. 

President Trump on Monday said the outbreak could last into July or August.

“If everyone makes this change, or these critical changes and sacrifices now, we will rally together as one nation and we will defeat the virus,” he said in the White House briefing room. “We’re going to have a big celebration all together.”

As of Tuesday afternoon, more 185,000 people people have been infected with the coronavirus around the world, and more than 7,400 have died.