Melania Trump: Read a book, work on a hobby while stuck at home
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First lady Melania TrumpMelania TrumpJill Biden, Kate Middleton visit school together in first meeting Jill Biden wears 'LOVE' jacket 'to bring unity' to meeting with Boris Johnson White House gets back to pre-COVID-19 normality 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 TrumpBiden prepares to confront Putin Biden aims to bolster troubled Turkey ties in first Erdoğan meeting Senate investigation of insurrection falls short MORE’s daughter and senior adviser Ivanka TrumpIvanka TrumpMichael Cohen predicts Trump will turn on family after revelation of criminal probe Eric Trump buys .2M home near father's golf club in Florida Melinda Gates tapped divorce lawyers in 2019 after Epstein links to husband: report 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.