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  • Birx said millennials are most likely to be out and about while being the least symptomatic, so it’s important they avoid large gatherings.
  • Older adults and those with underlying health conditions are most vulnerable to the coronavirus.
  • The White House recommended Americans avoid gatherings of more than 10 people.

The coordinator of the White House coronavirus task force says millennials have a huge role to play when it comes to curbing the spread of the coronavirus in the United States. 

“The millennials are incredibly good about getting information out in a clear way, but more importantly, they are incredibly good about understanding how to protect one another, how to protect their parents and how to protect their grandparents,” Dr. Deborah Birx said Tuesday in an interview with ABC’s “Good Morning America."

“Right now we need the army of millennials out there doing everything that they can to protect themselves from getting infected because we know a lot of their cases will be mild or symptomatic,” Birx said. 

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Birx’s comments Tuesday come after she called millennials the “core group” that will stop the virus during Monday’s coronavirus task force briefing. She said millennials will be key in stopping the pandemic because they’re the ones who are most likely to be out and about, while also being the least symptomatic. The term “millennials” refers to the generation of Americans born roughly between 1980 and 2000.


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Health officials have said elderly people with underlying health conditions are at risk of serious health issues if they test positive for coronavirus, while most people who become infected experience mild symptoms or none at all. 

President Trump on Monday recommended that Americans avoid gatherings of more than 10 people as the coronavirus continues to spread throughout the country. 

In the U.S., more than 4,600 cases have been confirmed with at least 85 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University data. More than 185,000 cases have been confirmed across the globe, with more than 7,300 deaths.


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Published on Mar 17, 2020