Coronavirus: US braces for 'hardest, saddest' week of outbreak

Clay Curtis
April 7, 2020

"It's going to be the hardest moment for many Americans in their entire lives".

The United States on Sunday reached the grim milestone of recording the highest number of coronavirus-related deaths reported in any country in a day - almost 1500 - with the national death count heading past 9000 amid warnings of an upcoming "Pearl Harbor moment" and fears of civil unrest. The outbreak is overwhelming hospitals across the country, including NY, where cases surged over the weekend.

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards and Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker both told CNN's State of the Union Sunday that their states are projected to experience a peak in coronavirus cases this month and that they lack the supply of ventilators and other medical equipment to properly handle the situation. "I've said many times over the last few weeks, we are in this together", Inslee said.

In a hastily scheduled news conference with members of his coronavirus task force, Trump repeated a line he has said many times before - "what do you have to lose?" - when detailing that the federal government has stockpiled 29 million doses of hydroxychloroquine for potential use to treat the virus.

Fauci said that the rate of new cases will determine whether the United States is putting the worst behind it. "We're going to hopefully be seeing that in NY very soon and that's the first sign of that plateau and coming down".

US President Donald Trump suggested the hard weeks ahead could foretell the turning of a corner.

He added: "It literally is a global jungle that we're competing in now". The Democratic Party has now postponed its national convention where the presidential candidate is usually formally anointed in August, and there is talk of a postal ballot, an idea opposed by Trump and his Republican allies.

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".

E3 2020 to be held in June next year
Before the COVID-19 pandemic put a damper on things, this year's E3 was planned to run from June 9th to June 11th. More precisely, the ESA has announced that E3 2021 will happen on June 15th, and take place until June 17th.

Adams looked at the trajectories of the virus in China and Italy - both significantly ahead of the US - and the exponential rise in American cases, predicting that the worst is about to come. "Now, what changes that equation is technology, but we need a deliberate approach to getting that technology quickly".

The remaining 41 states have full stay-at-home orders from their respective governors.

"We've seen that in Italy", Fauci said. "But I am confident that we can come out on the other side, based on the data and based on what I know about the American people".

Like the surgeon general, Dr.

Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said on CBS' Face the Nation that the next week is "going to be shocking to some, but that's what is going to happen before it turns around". That would be a false statement.

"We are struggling to get it under control, and that's the issue that's at hand right now", he said.

"I can't say to a hospital, I will send you all the supplies you need, all the vents you need".

Projecting the course of the outbreak is hard to do, experts said, because much depends on the measures being taken now and in days and weeks ahead.

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