Surgeon General on CCP Virus: ‘This Week, It’s Gonna Get Bad’

Zachary Stieber
By Zachary Stieber
March 23, 2020COVID-19
Surgeon General on CCP Virus: ‘This Week, It’s Gonna Get Bad’
Surgeon General Jerome Adams, flanked by White House chief economic adviser Larry Kudlow, U.S. Vice President Mike Pence and White House Coronavirus response coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx,‬ addresses reporters during the daily Coronavirus Task Force news briefing at the White House in Washington, U.S. March 10, 2020. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

The situation with the CCP virus will get “bad” in the United States this week, Surgeon General Jerome Adams asserted on Monday.

“I want America to understand: This week, it’s going to get bad,” Adams said during an appearance on NBC’s “Today” show.

“We really need to come together as a nation,” Adams said before noting how groups are visiting the cherry blossom trees in Washington and congregating in other places such as beaches in California.

“This is how the spread is occurring and so we really, really need everyone to stay at home,” he exhorted.

While many Americans are abiding by social distancing measures, including avoiding crowds and maintaining at least six feet of distance between themselves and others, some people aren’t, Adams said.

“I think there are a lot of people who are doing the right things, but I think that, unfortunately, we’re finding out a lot of people think this can’t happen to them,” he said.

Washingtonians and tourists walk around the tidal basin to see cherry blossoms in Washington on March 21, 2020. (Eric Baradat/AFP via Getty Images)

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo reported 4,812 additional confirmed cases in the state on Sunday, bringing the total to 15,168. That includes over 9,000 COVID-19 patients in New York City.

The Epoch Times refers to the novel coronavirus as the CCP virus because the Chinese Communist Party’s coverup and mishandling allowed the virus to spread throughout China and create a global pandemic.

The cases in New York reflect what happened two weeks ago, according to Adams.

“We don’t want Dallas, or New Orleans, or Chicago to turn into the next New York, and it means that everyone needs to be taking the right steps, right now. And that means stay at home,” he said.

The mitigation measures that authorities have implemented or advised take time to work and some people appear to be waiting to see if things get worse, according to Adams.

“Right now, there are enough people out there who are taking this seriously,” he said. “We need to take this seriously.”

Cuomo announced a number of measures in recent days to try to blunt the spread of the CCP virus, including banning all non-essential gatherings of any size for any reason, ordering the closure of all non-essential businesses, and enacting a law requiring New Yorkers aged 70 or older to stay home and limit their visitors to immediate relatives or close friends.

A cyclist rides his bicycle down the middle of a main road in downtown New York City on March 22, 2020. (Wong Maye-E/AP Photo)

Any visitors should be screened for flu-like symptoms and wear a mask for the duration of the visit, as should the person being visited.

“We know the most effective way to reduce the spread of this virus is through social distancing and density reduction measures,” Cuomo told reporters.

“I have said from the start that any policy decision we make will be based on the facts, and as we get more facts we will calibrate our response accordingly. This executive order builds on the actions we have taken to reduce the spread of the virus and protect the wellbeing of our friends, colleagues and neighbors.”

The number of COVID-19 cases in the United States climbed above 35,000 on Monday, according to Johns Hopkins University. But the mortality rate in the country has remained low. With 471 deaths, the rate is 1.3 percent.

Customers and sellers alike wear masks at the Farmer’s Market in Mar Vista, Calif., on March 22, 2020. (Chris Delmas/AFP via Getty Images)

Experts say the new disease is especially harmful to the elderly, people with compromised immune systems, and those who have underlying illnesses, but can prove serious for people in other groups. The hospitalization rate for people with the virus varies from area to area but is around 15 percent in New York.

A number of people have recovered from the illness, which doesn’t at present have a vaccine or proven treatment.

Ways to avoid contracting the CCP virus include frequently washing hands, especially before eating and after visiting public places; regularly cleaning objects and surfaces, like doorknobs; and avoiding sick people.

If you start to show symptoms, which are similar to the flu and include fever and shortness of breath, you should stay home and contact health authorities or your doctor.

From The Epoch Times

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