Surgeon General: Everyone Needs To Act As If They Have The Virus Now

Surgeon General: Everyone Needs To Act As If They Have The Virus Now
Surgeon General Jerome M. Adams

U.S. surgeon general Jerome M. Adams is not playing. He’s not doling out “hopes and wishes.” He really, really wants people to stay home in order to help mitigate the worsening coronavirus threat.

During an appearance on the TODAY show Monday morning, he lamented that people choosing to visit beaches or spend time crowding around Washington’s cherry blossoms is how the virus is going to keep spreading.

From the Washington Post:

Adams reminded the public that the numbers of coronavirus cases they see reported reflects what happened two weeks ago and stressed that mitigation measures, such as practicing social distancing and postponing elective surgeries, are designed to ignite a sense of urgency in Americans.

He noted, however, that they are only effective as early preventive tactics. Positive cases of coronavirus have ballooned to more than 35,000 in the United States, according to Johns Hopkins University & Medicine, though experts agree that the actual number of U.S. cases is much higher.

“Everyone needs to act as if they have the virus right now,” Adams said, echoing words from the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Anthony S. Fauci. “You could be spreading it to someone else or you could be getting it from someone else. Stay at home.”

“I want America to understand this week, it’s going to get bad and we really need to come together as a nation,” said Adams to Savannah Guthrie. “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.”