Home News Surgeon General says US could be ‘WORSE than Italy’ as New York...

Surgeon General says US could be ‘WORSE than Italy’ as New York suffers more than 100 deaths in a day

0


THE Surgeon General has warmed America could become worse than Italy if people do not take coronavirus social distancing seriously.

The country’s top public health official, Surgeon General Jerome Adams, issued his starkest warning to date as the nation’s death toll surpasses 1,000 and New York sees more than 100 deaths in a day.

AP:Associated Press

Surgeon General Dr Jerome Adams has warmed America could become worse than Italy and urge people to stay at home[/caption]

The number of coronavirus cases continues to grow throughout the nation, particularly in New York State where officials say the death toll has jumped over 100 in just a day to 385.

Almost 40,000 people were infected — 21,000 cases in New York City alone — as of Thursday morning.

DIRE PREDICTION

“I’m heartened by the people around the country who are doing the right thing, but we’re still seeing far too many pictures of people out there doing the wrong things, “Adams said in an interview with Fox News on Thursday.

“Playing basketball, out on beaches. We need America to understand that we still could be like Italy. We could be worse than Italy if we don’t participate in these 15 days to stop the spread.”

We need America to understand that we still could be like Italy. We could be worse than Italy if we don’t participate in these 15 days to stop the spread.


Surgeon General Jerome Adams

Adams said that President Trump outlined an optimistic timeline for Americans in an effort to “help people understand that there is a light at the end of this tunnel”.

Referring to New York’s recent explosion of confirmed coronavirus cases, the nation’s top health official said hospitalizations were starting to level off after hospitals were overwhelmed by the outbreak. 

He added: “And when you look at China, when you look at South Korea, their curve was about two to two and a half months.

“So there is hope that if we continue to lead into the mitigation efforts and we’re two-thirds of the way through this 15 days to stop the spread initiative, that we can flatten the curve and that we can get to the end of this more quickly.”

On Monday, Adam issued an ominous warning about the health risk posed by the coronavirus outbreak, warning Americans that the crisis was “going to get bad” this week.

The warning was issued as nearly one-third of Americans awoke to “stay at home orders.”

By Thursday, the total coronavirus deaths in the U.S. skyrocketed past 1,000, with more than 200 deaths confirmed for the first time in a 24-hour period.

The country is 11 days behind Italy in terms of of the virus spreading but already has a higher number of infections, with 76,514 cases confirmed.

U.S. ‘EPICENTER’

Earlier this week, Mr Adams urged Americans: “We need to come together as a nation.”

The US is now third globally in terms of the number of people infected by the virus – behind only China and Italy – and has seen at least 1,070 deaths.

Following an announcement from President Trump, the U.S. coronavirus lockdown is to last 10-12 weeks.

The World Health Organization echoed similar thoughts, saying it was seeing a “very large acceleration” in coronavirus infections in the United States which had the potential of becoming the new epicenter.

Over the past 24 hours, 85 per cent of new cases were from Europe and the United States, WHO spokeswoman Margaret Harris told reporters.

Of those, 40 per cent were from the United States.

‘WHOLE COUNTRY AT RISK’

Dr. Anne Schuchat, the principal deputy director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), told The Hill that while New York City is currently home to almost half the cases in the country, other cities are seeing their case counts rising at alarming rates.

“We’re looking at our flu syndromic data, our respiratory illness that presents at emergency departments. Across the country there’s a number of areas that are escalating,” she explained, adding that Americans need to take the epidemic seriously.

“There’s just dozens of places we’re watching,” Schuchat said.

“We really need to expect that the whole country’s at risk here, and we have to look across our health care system within each jurisdiction to have them be as strong as possible.”

Military officials patrol the streets of Italy as a lockdown is enforced to stop the spread of coronavirus
EPA

Military officials patrol the streets of Italy as a lockdown is enforced to stop the spread of coronavirus[/caption]

A subway car is nearly empty as all non-essential workers are at home
Represented by ZUMA Press, Inc.

A subway car is nearly empty as all non-essential workers are at home[/caption]

TRUMP OPTIMISTIC

Meanwhile, President Trump has expressed a want to get the country running again by Easter – but health experts have warned this may not be possible.

The US leader said earlier this week he may end the lockdown by the end of March – saying “we cannot let the cure be worse than the problem itself.”

“America will, again, and soon, be open for business. Very soon. A lot sooner than three or four months,” he said during the daily White House coronavirus briefing Monday.

His comments came as the U.S. for the first time saw a death toll hit triple digits for a single day.

He added that officials won’t “let the cure be worse than the problem.”

“Our country wasn’t built to be shut down,” Trump said at the Coronavirus Task Force Briefing.

The President assured that the U.S. can both function as a country and the economy can recover as the nation works to curb coronavirus spread.

“We can do two things at once,” he said.

Getty Images – Getty

Adams said people were ‘waiting to see [the virus] spread before they decide to get serious’[/caption]

Over half of all New Yorkers may get coronavirus during the pandemic, Mayor Bill de Blasio warned
Reuters

Over half of all New Yorkers may get coronavirus during the pandemic, Mayor Bill de Blasio warned[/caption]

NBC

Surgeon General Dr Jerome Adams has warmed America could become worse than Italy[/caption]

Italy has more coronavirus cases than anywhere else on Earth
EPA

Italy has more coronavirus cases than anywhere else on Earth[/caption]

CORONAVIRUS CRISIS – BE IN THE KNOW

Get the latest coronavirus news, facts and figures from around the world – plus essential advice for you and your family.

To receive our Covid-19 newsletter in your inbox every tea time, sign up here.

To follow us on Facebook, simply ‘Like’ our Coronavirus page.


Do you have a story for The US Sun team?

Email us at [email protected] or call 212 416 4552.


LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here