The Surgeon General has urged the nation to ‘come together’ to fight coronavirus and warned: ‘This week, it’s going to get bad’ in a plea to the public to stay indoors and stop spreading the deadly disease. Dr. Jerome Adams appeared on Today on Monday morning to tell young Americans who are still going out and socializing despite being warned to stay indoors and distance themselves by 6ft. ‘I want America to understand. This week, it’s going to get bad. We really need to come together as a nation.
‘You’re seeing young people out in beaches – here in DC. ‘The district set up a cam to watch the cherry blossoms. You look on the cam and you see more people than cherry blossoms. This is how the spread is occurring. ‘We really, really need everyone to stay at home. I think there are a lot of people who are doing the right thing.
‘But unfortunately we’re finding out a lot of people think this can’t happen to them,’ he said, referring to the waves of young people who are ignoring the guidance and continuing to socialize in large groups. Dr. Adams said the US demography is younger than other countries. Nearly 30 percent of the cases were among people under the age of 45.
‘The demography seems to be very different in the US versus in other countries. There are theories that it could be because we know we have a higher proportion of people in the US and also in Italy who vape – we don’t know if that’s the only cause.
"This week, it's going to get bad. … We really, really need everyone to stay at home."
— TODAY (@TODAYshow) March 23, 2020
‘It’s important for people to know: You can get this disease, you can be hospitalized from this disease, you can die from this disease. ‘We need you to really lean in. That’s why I reached out and I want to give a shoutout to Kylie Jenner who really stepped up last week and sent out a message,’ he said.
Dr. Adams also said the figures in New York – where there are more than 15,000 cases of the virus, more than five percent of the total cases in the world – reflect ‘what happens two weeks ago’. ‘We don’t want Dallas or New Orleans or Chicago to turn into the next New York and it means everyone needs to be taking the right steps right now and it means stay at home.
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