Despite continuous warning, surgeon general Jerome Adams said, people are not following measures of self-isolation.
On Monday, US Surgeon General Jerome Adams warned that the coronavirus will worsen this week as people across the country are not taking the deadly virus seriously enough. During an interview on the TODAY show, Adams said, "I want America to understand this week, it's going to get bad." With over 45,000 confirmed cases in the country, the deadly virus shows no signs of stopping and many people, especially youngsters, are not following preventive measures such as staying home and practicing social distancing. "Right now, there are not enough people out there who are taking this seriously," he added, according to NBC News.
Surgeon General has #coronavirus warning: 'This week, it's going to get bad'— Julia Davis (@JuliaDavisNews) March 23, 2020
The disease is spreading, the surgeon general said, because many people are not following the guidance to stay at home.https://t.co/rbntYgu85d
Describing their reckless attitude towards this growing threat, he continued by pointing at young people who are still flocking to the beaches in California and gathering in masses at the National Mall in Washington just to see the cherry blossom trees that bloom each year. Despite continued warnings, young people don't seem to understand that they can contract COVID-19. Adams revealed how they could be hospitalized and potentially die from it. "Everyone needs to act as if they have the virus right now. So, test or no test, we need you to understand you could be spreading it to someone else. Or you could be getting it from someone else. Stay at home," he advised.
“Be a good neighbor. Be a good citizen. Those young people that are still out there on the beaches thinking this is a party time — grow up.”https://t.co/aemdqZHZNY— Seth MacFarlane (@SethMacFarlane) March 22, 2020
Adams then explained how the administration is doing its part by working with companies such as Honeywell and Hanes to produce large quantities of items that people might require during this time. "Here's the thing that people don't understand. You don't need to compel someone to do something they are already doing," he said. "The other important point is that we're not going to ventilator our way out of this problem. We're not going to treat our way out of this problem," he said warning that the only way to stop this virus from spreading is by responsibly distancing oneself from people and following other measures provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The problem starts with lack of testing, then lack of followup on contacts of those who test positive, etc. Not lack of social distancing among an entire untested population.— Eric Redman (@ricredman) March 23, 2020
"The way you stop the spread of an infectious disease like this is with mitigation measures and preventing people from getting it in the first place," he added. According to CNN, one in three Americans has been directed to stay at home after 100 new Coronavirus-related deaths were reported on Monday. Echoing Adams' prediction, Dr. Leana Wen, a visiting professor at George Washington University said, "It's just going to get worse this week and worse next week. How bad it gets depends on the actions that we each can take today."
NEW: We mapped the stay at home edicts being issued across the country.— Sarah Mervosh (@smervosh) March 24, 2020
What an extraordinary time: At least 158 million Americans in 16 states are being urged to stay at home. https://t.co/kc86pQqSup
Apart from New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, at least 15 other governors have announced stay-at-home orders. This includes Illinois, Louisiana, Ohio, Oregon, Washington state and Hawaii. The order will be effective from Wednesday. Meanwhile, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms announced a 14-day "Stay at home" order in Atlanta on Monday night, reports CNN. "Across the globe, we are seeing a growing sense of urgency, and we must all make some sacrifices to break the chain of infections and avert a worst-case scenario," said Bottoms in a statement.
Despite these restrictive measures, many are still failing to abide by the regulations. Recently, a young woman came up with the Coronavirus challenge in which she was seen licking the toilet seat of an airplane. In a bid to achieve gain "viral" notoriety, TikToker Eva Louise uploaded this revolting clip on social media. Although she did not contract the virus, she revealed that she had cleaned the toilet seat using Clorox for 40 minutes before licking it. During an interview, she explained how she was "tired of some b—- named corona getting more publicity than ME." Soon people slammed her for indulging in this disgusting challenge for fame.
This why it’s a pandemic!! All for likes? 🤦🏽♂️🤦🏽♂️ pic.twitter.com/4pTvgoyN90— HizWillOfficial (@HizWill) March 15, 2020
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