Surgeon General Says US Can Be Worse Than Italy If People Don’t Follow Coronavirus Social Distancing Rules
- Jerome Adams told Fox News last night that the US could become Italy or get worse
- He urges people to take social distance seriously before it’s too late
- There are now 69,000 cases in the US and more than 1,000 have died
- In Italy, 7,000 have died and 57,000 have been infected, but the number of new cases is decreasing
- Dr. Adams said there was a “light at the end of the tunnel” when people listened to advice
- In New York, America’s ‘epicenter’, the number of hospital admissions is decreasing
- Coronavirus symptoms: what are they and should you see a doctor?
Surgeon General Jerome Adams said the US could look like Italy if people don’t take social distance seriously
Surgeon General Jerome Adams warned Wednesday evening that if people do not take social distance seriously, the US could become ‘worse’ than Italy.
In the U.S., there are 69,000 cases of coronavirus and the death toll is 1,035.
The country is 11 days behind Italy in terms of the spread of the virus, but already has a higher number of infections.
In Italy, there are 57,000 infections, but 7,000 people have died. The number of new cases per day in Italy is decreasing, but the death rate is not.
Dr. Adams told Fox News that people in the US should stay indoors if they don’t want to if they want a chance to beat the virus.
“I feel empowered by the people across the country who are doing the right thing, but we still see way too many pictures of people doing the wrong things.
“Playing basketball on the beach. We need America to understand that we can still be like Italy.
“We could be worse than Italy if we don’t participate in these 15 days to stop the spread,” he said during a performance on The Ingrahm corner.
Pallet carriers move a chest to a church in Seriate, Bergamo, one of the hardest hit regions
In New York, makeshift morgues have been set up outside hospitals to prepare for the attack of patients
Despite the escalating pandemic, crowds of people were out and about in New York over the weekend
Dr. Adams said there are encouraging figures from New York, where despite the growing number of cases, hospital admissions are “decreasing,” which could give health workers a chance to move forward.
There will still be enough cases of people in need of hospital care to overwhelm the system.
Dr. However, Adams said Americans were two-thirds of the 15 days of advice given by the government.
“I actually feel pretty good that if we keep leaning in this, we will flatten our curve even more. We are starting to come down and we will not achieve those horrific projections.
“And we have constantly said that every place will have a different curve.
So New York will have a different curve from Washington than Boise, Idaho.
“And what the president is doing in my head is trying to help people understand that there is a light at the end of this tunnel. We’ll get through this.
“And as you said earlier, we’re seeing things flatten out in New York,” he said.
“We see that their hospital admissions are starting to level off. And if you look at China, if you look at South Korea, their curve was about two to two and a half months.
“So there is hope that if we continue the mitigation efforts and we are two-thirds of these 15 days to stop the spread of initiative, we can level off the curve and we will end this faster,” he said.
He previously said that 15 days would not be enough, but at that point the country would reassess what it would do next.
President Trump had said he wanted an Easter deadline to reopen the country.
He has since softened that and says he consults medical experts.