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Surgeon General Jerome Adams on Coronavirus Pandemic: 'This Week, It's Going to Get Bad'

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By Zachary Holt

The United States Surgeon General, Jerome Adams, just recently released a daunting statement that is sure to send chills down people's spines. As a result of people not taking the COVID-19 outbreak seriously enough, public health officials are anticipating the coronavirus's transmission to get much worse this week. As of this writing, the total number of cases in the United States has reached 35,000. According to Adams, everyone needs to act as though they have the coronavirus and are trying at all costs, to not pass it to other people.

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'I Want America to Understand This Week, It's Going to Get Bad'

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Adams appeared on the 'Today Show' to discuss the troubling spread of the novel coronavirus, which the surgeon general admits is being transmitted at higher rates due to people not taking government and public health organization recommendations seriously.

"I want America to understand this week, it's going to get bad," Adams said during an interview on the 'Today Show' Monday. The surgeon general went on to say that it's getting worse because young people aren't abiding by the guidance to stay home and practice 'social-distancing'.

Adams Explains That Young People Aren't Taking the Pandemic Seriously

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"Right now, there are not enough people out there who are taking this seriously," Adams continued. He went on to explain that young people are going about life as normal, even flocking to beaches in Florida and California. Spring Break has been in play the last week and it seems that the college students aren't heeding the warnings that have been issued by the government.

"Everyone needs to act as if they have the virus right now. 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," Adams continued.

The Surgeon General Doesn't Believe Enacting the 'Defense Protection Act' Is Necessary Right Now

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Adams was asked about the growing pressure of people urging President Donald Trump to activate the Defense Protection Act, which would require manufacturing plants to retrofit their facilities in order to produce some of the most important needs essential to fighting the coronavirus pandemic like ventilators, masks, and face shields. Although, Adams believes it's not entirely necessary at the moment.

"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 while adding that companies like Honeywell are already producing some of the essentials we need.

Adams States 'Mitigation Measures' and 'Prevention' Will End COVID-19 Outbreak

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"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," the surgeon general concluded. "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."

Adams had previously appeared on other programs, urging social media influencers, like Kylie Jenner, to try and connect with the younger generations in an effort to explain the importance of 'self-quarantining' and 'social-distancing'.

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