US Surgeon General on coronavirus: Next week will be our Pearl Harbor momentApr 06, 2020
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generalvice admiral jerome adams dr. Adams the US is now reporting 30,000 new cases a day and I want to put up a graph showing the curve of cases in Italy and China that have leveled off and are now going down and the curve on the far right is here in the US. In the US that it is still in the early stages and still heading considerably given the course of the disease in China and Italy and that we are
weeks or months behind schedule how bad
willthis epidemic be in America and how long
willit last well it is tragically appropriate that we're talking about the start of Easter because this is going to be the hardest and saddest
weekof most Americans' lives, frankly this is going to be our Pearl Harbor
moment, our 9/11
moment, it just won't be localized It's going to happen across the country and I want America to understand that, but I also want America to understand that the public, along with the state and the federal government, have the power to change the trajectory of this epidemic you mentioned italy and spain they had a very very hard time and they are still having a hard time but it looks like they have peaked and they are coming back the other side and you say weeks months late it would actually regress a little bit when you look at their trajectory from about a month ago that's when they really started to lean into their aggressive mitigation efforts, they're really aggressive mitigation efforts, and so I want Americans to understand that it's going to be harder this week, there's going to be a light on the end of the tunnel if everyone does their part over the
next30 days we're seeing that Washington actually where this started doing a much better job the California trajectory has leveled out so there's hope but everyone we have to do our part, but let's talk about mitigation because the president's top health advisers, including you, say the most important thing all of us can do is stay at home and yet there are still nine states there are still nine states with millions of americans living i have not issued stay at home orders that president trump was asked about that this week here is the governor the governor knows what they're doing they've been doing a great job I guess about 90 percent anyway and he says we're talking they're not in danger now I would leave it up to the governor but dr.
coronavirusis not a state issue, it does not follow or respect state lines dr. pouchy says he thinks there should be a national stay at home order if he gets it wrong well Chris it's important to understand that most people across the country are doing the right thing over ninety percent of the country is staying at home and a good proportion more than the average is staying at home even in those nine states but last time you and I talked it was about opioids people don't know but I have run a State Department of Health. please respect it to state lines but we live in a country where we have a system of federalism and when it comes to opioids states have different rules, regulations and laws regarding treatment regarding syringe service programs like you and I have talked report on tobacco cessation earlier this year and we know states have different laws there and more people will die even under the worst projections from smoking cigarettes in this country than will die from
coronavirusthis year so we are always struggling to try to get information to guide people that we know will help them be healthy with states rights, but that's why we put out these 30 days to stop the spread of guidelines.
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These are essentially our national stay at home order and we're working with the governors to figure out their needs their wants a bigger point the nine states that don't have shelter in place orders yet are states that actually produce a lot of our food, so I'm wrestling with issues related to how they can provide for the rest of the country so they can stay home, but right now, what I would say to those governors is if you can't give us a month, give us what you can give us. one week give us all you can to stay home during this particularly difficult time where we are going to peak for the
nextseven to ten days but doc but dr.
Adams is a big difference between opioids and cigarettes, which are something people decide to use or not use, and the coronavirus, which people get, is not an individual choice, and you know, when President Trump says it's a wartime president during World War II. FDR didn't say right, it's up to each state to decide what to do, he mobilized the nation again, why not a national stay-at-home order? Corona virus doesn't recognize states rights so the federal analogy really works here well Chris I I know a week ago is forever in the time of the Kiruna virus but I would remind people that it was only a week ago when the idea of a federal quarantine for the New York City area was floated.
Governor Cuomo said it would be like declaring war on the states that the governors intensely protect their right and rightly so they can decide what is best for their states and we will do everything we can as scientists in their doctors as medical professionals to help them understand which we think is the right thing to do for them and so I just want to let everyone know that from a national perspective the Surgeon General says no matter where you are stay home at least give us a week or two if you can . we want you to do it for 30 days but even in those nine states give us what you can so we can get to this peak and start coming down the other side dr.
Adams for days, President Trump has been talking about hydroxychloroquine as a possible treatment for people with the corona virus, but yesterday in his briefing he took it even further, look what you have to lose in some cases. you have to lose i can take it and i will have to ask my doctors about it but i can take it dr. Adams, as the nation's top public health official, is he comfortable with people taking an untested drug that hasn't been tested, even people who don't actually have the virus? Well this is what we have advised the president and this is what I have heard him say constantly when people are in a tragic situation they were there in the hospital or a loved one in the hospital with Kovan 19 we want them to be able to have a conversation with their healthcare provider about everything they could do to save their lives there are some accounts a few stories about the help of hydroxychloroquine and we know it's been around for years so we feel a little better about its safety than with a completely new drug even though it's used at much higher doses, so we just want to be able to make it easy for doctors and patients to have that conversation that's what I tell people that's what I hear that the president told the people finally and i have about a minute left here dr .
Adams, the CDC now recommends that people wear face coverings in public, and you're actually in a CDC video showing people how to make a mask they can wear, but President Trump left it in Of course he won't follow. that guidance look here sir i think i wear a face mask when greeting presidents prime ministers dictators kings queens. I don't know, somehow, I don't see it myself. seriously, well if you look at the CDC guidelines they actually emphasize number one is voluntary and number two and the most important part of this is that they are not a substitute for social distancing I was in the White House yesterday I'm going right after This, the doctors in the White House and the Secret Service are going out of their way to make sure that everyone is socially distanced from the President, the Vice President, and each other, so the President is making his decision.
That's appropriate for him. What I want Americans to know is that if you're going out in public and you're going to be closer than six feet to other people, you can wear a cloth face covering and here's mine that I made very easy to wear and it protects you from me we want people to understand that you are wearing this not to protect yourself you are using it to protect your neighbor and that is what this week will be about people staying home to protect their neighbors wear cloth face coverings yes they have to come out in public to protect their neighbor it will be a test of our resolve it will be the test of our lives but i am confident we can come out on the other side based on the data and based on what i know about the american people dr.
Adams thank you thank you for your time during these busy days please come back sir thank you
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