April 6, 2020 - Saying that next week is going to be one of the toughest yet of the COVID-19 pandemic, U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams called on the nation’s governors to do their part by instituting stay-at-home-orders. “The next week is going to be our Pearl Harbor moment. It’s going to be our 9/11 moment,” he said on Meet the Press. “It’s going to be the hardest moment for many Americans in their entire lives.” To flatten the curve of cases, “everyone needs to do their part,” he added. The majority of states have orders in place that ask people to stay at home with exceptions for buying food, getting medical care, and other activities deemed essential. Adams said that more than 90 percent of Americans are doing their part, even in the states that haven’t issued stay-at-home orders. North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Iowa and Arkansas haven’t yet issued orders, according to a map by The New York Times. Wyoming, Utah, Oklahoma and South Carolina have orders in parts of the state. “But if you can’t give us 30 days, governors, give us a week. Give us what you can so that we don’t overwhelm our health care systems over this next week, and then let’s reassess at that point.” Adams said on Fox News Sunday that based on trajectories seen in California and Washington after stay-in-place strategies, “there is a light at the end of the tunnel if everyone does their part for the next 30 days.” Also on Sunday, Anthony Fauci, MD, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said the upcoming week will be “shocking to some.” “But that’s what is going to happen before it turns around, so we’ll just buckle down, continue to mitigate, continue to do the physical separation because we got to get through this week that’s coming up because it is going to be a bad week,” he said on Face the Nation. The increase in new cases will begin to flatten, but the results will come later since a decrease in hospitalizations and deaths lag by a few weeks. “We’re still not yet at that apex,” Fauci said. “And I think within a week, eight days or nine days or so … hopefully you’re going to see that turn around.”

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