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Dr. Jerome Adams, the United States surgeon general, warned that this week, the pandemic is “going to get bad.” With most Americans already voluntarily self-quarantining and locked down, the backlog of coronavirus tests could be making things look awful this week.
That doesn’t mean things have gotten worse, it means we will start to see more confirmed cases as the tests get completed. “We need to come together as a nation” to fight the coronavirus outbreak but, “a lot of people think this can’t happen to them.” Adams is urging Americans to stay at home despite an overnight tweet from President Trump saying “we cannot let the cure be worse than the problem,” saying we all need to act as if we already have the virus.
I agree with Trump on this one. Allowing tyranny to stop a virus is completely unacceptable. Stealing the rights and freedom from people for the illusion of safety will only cause immense harm making the aftermath of this crisis far more severe than the outbreak itself. And remember, Adams was the one who told the public masks won’t work to protect them from the virus, but they work to protect healthcare workers treating patients with the coronavirus.
Adams said that young people are flocking to the beaches in California and people are still heading to the National Mall in Washington, D.C. to view the cherry blossom trees that bloom each year. He warned that young people need to understand that they can contract COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, and they can be hospitalized and potentially die from it. –NBC News
When Adams was asked about the growing pressure for President Donald Trump to use the Defense Production Act to force companies to mass-produce critical supplies, Adams suggested that it’s not necessary at this point. “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, adding that they’re already working with companies Honeywell and Hanes which are already producing large quantities of the items needed.
“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. “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.” –NBC News
If you’re short on toilet paper thanks to the panicking masses, some has started to become available again.
In the meantime, Vice President Mike Pence said that the backlog of tests should be resolved this week.“We want people checked into a hospital, that are treated for what they thought was the coronavirus, to receive the test more quickly,” Pence said. In Wyoming alone (This is for example only. Wyoming has a population of 577,700) almost 500 coronavirus tests have been administered and from those, only 26 cases have emerged. As the backlog gets resolved, it will certainly show there are more cases than before, but that some states are overusing tests unnecessarily.
New York, on the other hand, has roughly 5% of all coronavirus cases worldwide. “New York is testing more people than any state in the country and, per capita, more than any country in the globe,” Governor Andrew Cuomo said, adding that the state has tested 61,000 people. Roughly 15,000 of those tests are new, identifying 4,800 new cases in the last day, he said.
Pence even added his own number to the mix, saying that about 254,000 people in the U.S. have now been tested for coronavirus and received their results. More than 32,000 have tested positive. So, yes the numbers will get worse, but don’t let the media throw you into a panic. Based solely on the national statistics, about 13% of those tested come back positive.
This is not to say you shouldn’t practice social distancing or take precautions. It’s simply providing much-needed information in a time when panic and fear continue to reign supreme.