US Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams warned this morning that things are about to get much worse with the coronavirus outbreak this week, as America has now become the third-highest infected country in the world.
Surgeon General warns virus outbreak will get worse this week
With the number of coronavirus cases climbing exponentially in the United States, and young people still congregating in large groups despite shelter in place warnings and lockdowns in some states, the US Surgeon General’s warning people are still not doing what’s necessary and not taking the danger of the virus seriously enough.
“I want America to understand this week, it’s going to get bad,” Adams said during an interview. “Right now, there are not enough people out there who are taking this seriously.”
“Everyone needs to act as if they have the virus right now,” Adams continued. “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.”
US now 3rd-highest coronavirus-infected country in the world
As of this morning, the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the United States surpassed 35,000, which now gives America the third-highest number of infections in the world, with Italy recently reaching number one and China at number two.
The death toll in the United States from the COVID-19 virus has reached 471, giving America the sixth-highest death rate in the world.
Young people still congregating in large groups, despite warnings
From coast-to-coast, young people were still congregating in large groups on beaches, waterways, bike paths, hiking trails and more despite government warnings and, in some states, mandatory state orders to shelter in place.
California beaches packed over the weekend
Nowhere was the evidence of this more clear than on California beaches.
Despite all residents of the state being under order to shelter in place and avoid close contact with others, California coastlines were packed with beachgoers. Throughout the state, bike paths and hiking trails also saw similar crowding, as photographic evidence emerged online.
“This weekend we saw too many people packing beaches, trails, and parks,” Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti tweeted. He said people should heed the closures and stay home. “That doesn’t mean gather elsewhere. This is serious. Stay home and save lives.”
Florida sees similar congregating with boat parties
As Florida closed some beaches or set limits, people looking to party found other ways to get around the limitations on congregating, taking to the water on boats.
The City of Boca Raton posted photos that showed a string of over 10 boats tied together, each of which were packed with people.
After seeing the photos, Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez put tougher restrictions on boat ramps and marinas to prevent similar boat parties from happening.
Experts “looking very closely” at severe coronavirus symptoms in younger people
Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, who is also the lead medical expert on the Trump administration’s task force, said new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has health officials “looking very closely” at the concerning higher-than-expected percentage of younger persons requiring hospitalization over coronavirus.
The new data is showing that about 40% of those hospitalized for coronavirus as of March 16 were between the ages of 20 to 54, while 12% of intensive care admissions are for those between the ages of 20 to 44.