"This is not how we will live forever."

By Kimberly Truong
Updated Mar 19, 2020 @ 1:00 pm
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After canceling her annual Easter Egg Roll event over coronavirus concerns, Melania Trump has spoken out publicly about the virus.

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."

Though the first lady has tweeted CDC guidelines and shared a message of gratitude to healthcare workers, her first official statement came when she canceled the Easter Egg Roll, saying in a statement, "The health and safety of all Americans must be the first priority, especially right now. I deeply regret this cancellation, but we need to make difficult decisions in the short-term to ensure a healthy country for the long-term. During this time, I encourage everyone to listen to state and local officials, and follow CDC guidelines in order to help protect the health and well-being of everyone."

Meanwhile, President Donald Trump has faced criticism over his subdued response to the coronavirus, as well as his repeated use of the phrase "Chinese virus" despite its racist connotations.

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