White House coronavirus task force officials are bracing the American public for a very painful week. Adm. Brett Giroir joined Savannah Guthrie on the "TODAY" show on Monday and warned that there will be "a lot of death" this week.
Giroir said this is going to be the peak week for many of the COVID-19 hotspots, such as New York, Detroit, and New Jersey.
"Now remember, this is the peak week for hospitalizations and of course for deaths. This reflects infections that occurred two or even three weeks ago. So we may be seeing the worst upon us right now in terms of the outcomes ... but we believe we're turning the corner because of all the physical distancing that we're doing," he said to Guthrie, who is co-hosting the show from her home studio once again.
He continued, "No one is immune from this virus. It is a brand new virus. Whether you live in small town America or you live in the Big Apple, everyone is susceptible to this and everyone needs to follow the precautions that we've laid out. Your best precautions... is the physical distancing that we've been talking about for several weeks," he said.
"Everyone across the country can get this and it's very, very important. Even though we say this is going to be the peak, if we let our foot off the gas and start doing things that are ill advised, we could have another repack in a few weeks. So we have to keep our efforts going," Giroir added.
Surgeon General Jerome Adams also warned the country on Fox News about the seriousness of this week. "This is going to be our Pearl Harbor moment and our 9/11 moment, only it's not going to be localized, it's going to be happening all over the country," he said
As of Monday morning, over 9,600 Americans have died from the coronavirus.
Heath officials are urging people to remain in their homes as much as possible and avoid all social gatherings. Additionally, the CDC has issued some tips for helping to avoid contracting the disease.
Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
Stay home when you are sick. Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.