Surgeon General says 15 days of lockdown ‘won’t be enough’ to stop the coronavirus spread but pleads with Americans to ‘pitch in’ and do their part to stay indoors now to make sure we don’t become Italy

Wednesday, March 18, 2020
By Paul Martin

Surgeon General Jerome Adams said on Wednesday the 15 days recommended by Trump likely is not enough
In order to avoid the US becoming Italy – which now has 31,000 cases – he said people must act now
He is urging Americans to stay at home where they can and to practice social distancing to flatten the curve
As of Wednesday morning, there were more than 6,000 cases of coronvirus in the US and 115 had died
Adams said the situation would be ‘reassessed’ in 15 days time and that it was possible to make a difference
Trump, meanwhile, referred to the virus on Wednesday again as the ‘Chinese Virus’ – a phrase which is enraging world dignitaries
The economy has been plunged into a recession with tens of thousands of people already losing work
Trump has announced a stimulus plan which includes a $1k a month check for Americans – but some experts say far more is needed
There is now an urgent need for ventilators, surgical masks and hospital beds across the country
Local politicians like New York Mayor Bill de Blasio are calling on Trump to mobilize the military to help
Coronavirus symptoms: what are they and should you see a doctor?

18 March 2020

The Surgeon General warned on Wednesday that it could take longer than 15 days to slow the spread of coronavirus but that Americans must ‘pitch in’ and do their part now to stay home and self-isolate if they want the deadly disease to die.

Jerome Adams appeared on Today to make the plea, a day after President Trump issued a 15-day set of guidelines to people to work from home where possible and practice social distancing.

Millions have heeded the advice and are avoiding going out. Some, like in cities where the pandemic spreading the quickest, are calling for harsher action, like a two-week national shutdown to force people indoors.

On Tuesday, startling new data revealed that as many as 2million Americans may die if no further action is taken but that making people self-isolate now for 18 months could cut that figure to 200,000.

There has not been a clear cut answer on how long Americans will have to continue living in this current state of crisis.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has said the current state of crisis could last nine months, whereas experts overseas say it could even longer.

On Wednesday morning, Adams said that the practical advice for Americans was to stay at home for the next 15 days and avoid social gatherings but it would ‘likely’ take longer to stunt the spread of the virus.

‘If we can get America to pitch in for the next 15 days, we can flatten the curve.

‘Fifteen days is likely not going to be enough to get us all the way through, but we need to lean into it now to bend the curve over the next 15 days and at that point we will reassess.

‘What you’re talking about is our 15 days to stop the spread.

‘We want them to avoid gatherings of 10 or more, unnecessary travel, work from home if at all possible.

‘When we look at the data, our numbers are where Italy’s are two to three weeks ago.

‘Do we want to go the way of Italy or do we want to go the way of South Korea and China who were actually able to level off the peak and decrease the numbers,’ he said, referring to the two countries’ harsh approach which involved people self-containing weeks ago and staying home.

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