Monday, March 23 – Washington – Surgeon General Jerome Adams issued a stern warning to people who might not be taking the coronavirus outbreak seriously enough, saying that the situation is likely to worsen substantially.
“I want America to understand this week, it’s going to get bad,” he told the “TODAY” show.
He noted that the disease is far from being contained because many people – especially the young – are not following the guidance rules issued by the government.
“Right now, there are not enough people out there who are taking this seriously,” Adams said.
The General noted that youngsters are gathering at the beaches of California and many are still going to the National Mall in Washington to admire the cherry blossom trees that bloom every year.
He noted that people must understand the severity of the COVID 19 situation and that they can potentially end up dead in a hospital.
“Everyone needs to act as if they have the virus right now. So, test or no test, we need you to understand you could be spreading it to someone else. Or you could be getting it from someone else. Stay at home,” he warned.
When asked about the pressure that is currently put on President Donald Trump to use the Defence Production Act to force companies to produce critical supplies on mass, Adams said that it is not thus far necessary.
“Here’s the thing that people don’t understand. You don’t need to compel someone to do something they are already doing,” he said, adding that the President’s administration is currently working with companies like Hanes and Honeywell that are already producing massive quantities of needed items.
“The other important point is that we’re not going to ventilator our way out of this problem. We’re not going to treat our way out of this problem,” Adams said. “The way you stop the spread of an infectious disease like this is with mitigation measures and preventing people from getting it in the first place.”
For more in-detail information you can watch General Adams’ appearance on the Today Show in the link below.
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