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Stay home amid coronavirus pandemic, myths about social distancing: Top columns

In today’s fast-paced news environment, it can be hard to keep up. For your weekend reading, we’ve started in-case-you-missed-it compilations of some of the week’s top USA TODAY Opinion pieces. As always, thanks for reading, and for your feedback.

— USA TODAY Opinion editors

By 16 national health care leaders

“STAY AT HOME as much as possible. It may be in your community now or it may be soon. Until you hear otherwise from health care officials, even if you have no symptoms. That means avoiding play dates, sleepovers, bars, restaurants, parties or houses of worship. Avoid all crowds.”

By Marc Lipsitch and Joseph Allen

“This ‘social distancing’ includes canceling public gatherings such as sports events, restricting or shutting down public transportation, closing schools and other restrictions…Here are some myths about social distancing and the reality as best it can be understood right now.”

Self-quarantine.

By Mike Pence

“We’ve worked seamlessly with state and local leaders from both political parties. Since January, we’ve held 36 briefings with more than 15,000 state, local and tribal leaders from every state and territory in America.”

By The Editorial Board

“Even as the testing situation finally appears to be improving, it’s worth asking: How could this have happened? Once the worst has passed, Congress should get to the bottom of the failure, to ensure this doesn’t happen again.”

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