Surgeon General, Trump sound alarm as USA cases top 300,000

Clay Curtis
April 6, 2020

Earlier Sunday, Surgeon General Jerome Adams told CNN, "This is going to be the hardest and the saddest week of most Americans' lives, quite frankly". The next week is going to be our Pearl Harbor moment. It's going to be happening all over the country.

In an interview on "Fox News Sunday", Adams said the public does, however, have "the power to change the trajectory" of the outbreak.

"I want Americans to understand that as hard as this week is going to be, there is a light at the end of the tunnel if everyone does their part for the next 30 days", he said.

There are more than 312,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the U.S. and more than 8500 have died from the disease, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.

The number of people infected in the USA has exceeded 300,000, with the death toll climbing past 8,400; more than 3,500 of those deaths are in the state of NY.

The warning comes after President Donald Trump said "there will be a lot of death" on Saturday, as the us faces its "toughest week" in the fight against the pandemic.

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Arkansas, Iowa, Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dakota have refused to issue any orders at all while Wyoming, Utah, Oklahoma and SC have only told residents in some parts of the state to stay at home. The US now has more coronavirus cases than any other country, including China, Italy, and Spain.

The surgeon general said the administration's guidelines, which call for strict social distancing until at least April 30, "are essentially our national stay-at-home order". "This is going to be our Pearl Harbor moment, our 9/11 moment, only it's not going to be localised", US Surgeon General Jerome Adams warned on Fox News on Sunday.

"It's important to understand that most people across the country are doing the right thing", Adams said.

Even if you are young or otherwise healthy, it is critical that you work from home; avoid social gatherings of more than 10 people; avoid eating or drinking in public eateries and use drive-thru or delivery options instead; avoid discretionary travel, shopping trips and social visits; do not visit nursing homes or long-term care facilities unless to provide critical assistance; practice good hygiene by washing hands and avoid touching your face. The governors are intensely protective of their right, and rightly so, to be able to decide what's best for their states. "And, as I mentioned, that means a fewer number of people will present on any given day and not be given the opportunity to access a bed or a ventilator, should they need them".

After saying that even residents of states without a stay-at-home order are still following guidelines from the Center of Disease Control, Adams then compared the coronavirus crisis to smoking and opioid usage, saying that states have different laws on cigarettes and drugs and that "more people will die even in the worst projections from cigarette smoking in this country than are going to die from coronavirus this year".

"If you can't give us a month, give us what you can".

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