The ides of March are come. And so have the divides of March; with some Americans sheltering in place and others going on with life interrupted. Since that quote is from Julius Caesar, let’s seek guidance from his own demise, the current obituary-filling tragedy unfolding in Italy, and his quote, “Experience is the teacher of all things,” to make sure we take the not so subtle hint the world, and every single expert, is giving us, and socially distance like our lives depended on it (and, perhaps more importantly, the lives of our friends, Romans and countrymen). Listen to the NYT’s Charlie Warzel when he says, Please, Don’t Go Out to Brunch Today (the article was originally titled, Please Don’t Go Out to Bars Tonight, but not enough people listened). “While the federal government has issued some guidance for older and high-risk Americans, the administration has offered little definitive advice for how stringently low-risk people should isolate. And so it seems that for many it’s business as usual.”

+ St. Patrick’s Day partiers hit the town over officials’ pleas amid coronavirus outbreak.

+ New Orleans Police cleared out Bourbon Street to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus.

+ New York City teachers threaten mass ‘sickout’ as schools stay open.

+ “Social distancing now is one of the greatest calls for altruism.” UCSF: Why Experts Are Urging Social Distancing to Combat Coronavirus Outbreak.

+ It’s not about you, it’s about us. CNN: Infected people without symptoms might be driving the spread of coronavirus more than we realized. It’s also worth noting that the experts are getting increasing data that this can harm and even kill younger people. So the more careful you can be, the better.

+ Some great visual guides from WaPo: Why outbreaks like coronavirus spread exponentially, and how to flatten the curve.

+ Think your local leaders are making the wrong moves? Wish your boss was taking this more seriously? Shocked by young people still gathering at bars and cafes? Don’t blame them. None of this should be handled locally. Guidance needs to come from the top. And the top is broken. WaPo: Without guidance from the top, Americans have been left to figure out their own coronavirus solutions.

+ “If you’re healthy, you and your family, it’s a great time to go out and go to a local restaurant, likely you can get in easy.” That was Devin Nunes, not last week, but this very morning on Fox News. That message is sinking in. Sixty percent of Americans “think that the worst is yet to come, while 31 percent say the coronavirus is not likely to be a major problem. But a glaring partisan divide exists within these numbers.” That leads us to our final Caesar quote: “Men in general are quick to believe that which they wish to be true.”