The US coronavirus crisis has hit all 50 states but there is some good news, US Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams said on the “Today” show on Wednesday.
“The good news is that states like Washington, like California, countries like Italy, when they leaned into aggressive mitigation, they’re being able to flatten their curve and we know that if you do this that it usually takes about three to four weeks from the time you start to lean into it before you level it off,” Adams told NBC’s Savannah Guthrie. Washington and California were home to some of the earliest Covid-19 cases in the United States.
“We want nationally people to understand the importance of social distancing,” Adams said.
Yet each state has its own curve and “the governors get to make the decisions, but we’re going to give them the best possible guidance we can and that’s to stay at home and social distance,” Adams said. “Everyone is on a different place on their curve. Some places aren’t going to hit their peak until after 30 days and they’re going to need to continue social distancing. Other places that leaned in early may be able to relax some of their recommendations earlier.”
Will coronavirus cases decrease in the summer? “It’s not like the weather,” former CDC official says.
Dr. Tom Frieden, the former director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said Covid-19 is “not like the weather” when asked if he expected cases to decrease in the summer.
Frieden appeared on “CBS This Morning” and said “we can’t expect seasons here,” However, he added the US “should be able to gradually reopen if we do the rights things.”
“Look at countries around the world that have been able to tamp this down and then gradually loosen the faucet and get back to a new normal, normal, but a new normal, but not open the floodgates,” Frieden said. “What does that mean? That means that people who are over the age of 60 or who have underlying medical problems may need to stay home for longer.”
If you wear a mask, do these three things
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention continues to re-examine possible changes to its recommendations on the general public wearing face masks.
In the meantime, US Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams said that there are three things you should do if you decide to wear a mask.
He broke it down on the “Today” show on Wednesday:
- Don’t touch your face: “If you’re going to wear a face covering, please try not to touch your face. Please be very, very careful about making sure you don’t touch your face,” Adams told NBC’s Savannah Guthrie.
- Don’t use an N95: “If you’re going to wear a face covering, please save the N95 masks for healthcare workers who need them,” Adams said.
- Stay at home: “Wearing a face covering does not mean that you don’t have to practice social distancing. The most important thing you can do is stay at home right now, and we don’t want people to feel like ‘OK I’m covering my face so now it’s OK for me to go out in public,'” he said.