Surgeon general warns USA of `saddest week' and `9/11 moment'

Cheryl Sanders
April 6, 2020

"Fox News Sunday" anchor Chris Wallace denounced U.S. Surgeon General Vice Admiral Jerome Adams Sunday when the Trump appointee compared the coronavirus crisis to smoking and opioid usage. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said it will be a "bad week as there is an escalation of cases", despite measure to curt the spread of the disease, which has no vaccine.

On Saturday (local time), Dr Deborah Birx, coordinator of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, said she expected death tolls to rise quickly in the coming week.

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

"The apex could be a plateau and we could be on that plateau now", he said.

Referencing surprise attacks against the US, Adams said, "This is going to be our Pearl Harbor moment, our 9/11 moment, only it's not going to be localized, it's going to be be happening all over the country, and I want Americans to understand that".

On statewide stay at home orders, Adams said, "I talked to many of these governors, and here's what I say to them". "We're going to hopefully be seeing that in NY very soon and that's the first sign of that plateau and coming down".

"We need to be prepared that, since it unlikely will be completely eradicated from the planet, that as we get into next season, we may see the beginning of a resurgence", Fauci said.

"It's going to be a very deadly period, unfortunately", US President Donald Trump said at a White House news conference. Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds told news outlets.

"We hope we can continue a downward trend on the rate of transmission of new cases", said Edwards, whose deaths rank fourth in the nation. Here's what I would say to them right now. When asked whether a federal order would be appropriate, Adams noted the difficulties with this approach given states' rights, but said recommendations coming out of Washington, D.C., are clear.

IL on Sunday reached 11,256 cases and 274 cases - an increase of 31 fatalities for seventh place - as Pritzker said the state is projected to experience a peak over the next two weeks.

Throughout the weekend Trump stressed that the USA - where infections have surpassed 330,000 - can not remain economically shut down forever, and continued to leave it to the states to declare their own mitigation strategies and lockdown orders. Again, why not a national stay-at-home order?

"But that's what is going to happen before it turns around, so just buckle down", Fauci said on CBS's "Face the Nation".

Still, he pleaded with state leaders to urge residents to stay home for at least the next seven to 10 days: "There is a light at the end of the tunnel if everyone does their part". "And we're going to do everything we can as scientists and as physicians, as medical professionals, to help them understand what we think the right thing is for them to do".

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