Surgeon General: Upcoming Week Will Be ‘Pearl Harbor’ or ‘9/11 Moment’ in U.S.

U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams is warning Americans that the worse of the coronavirus is still ahead.

During an interview on “Fox News Sunday,” Adams said this upcoming week will likely be “the hardest and the saddest week of most Americans’ lives.”

Axios reports Adams then described the week as “our Pearl Harbor moment, our 9/11 moment,” projecting a surge in the coronavirus-caused death toll.

The surgeon general said deaths, as in the case of Pearl Harbor and the terrorist attacks on 9/11, were “localized” to the affected areas; however, deaths brought about by the coronavirus will be far-reaching and “all over the country.”

In tandem with the caution came encouragement that the public has the “power to change the trajectory of this epidemic” should they continue to follow social distancing guidelines.

From the report:

  • He pointed to Washington and California, which started out as the epicenters of the coronavirus crisis in the U.S., as evidence that aggressive mitigation measures can have a significant impact on the trajectory of the virus’ spread.

  • “As hard as this week is going to be, there is a light at the end of the tunnel if everyone does their part for the next 30 days,” Adams said.

The big picture: Multiple states around the country are expected to reach their peak number of cases during the next two weeks, Axios’ Caitlin Owens reports.

  • The peak number of cases could strain medical resources and facilities, which may produce hospital bed and ventilator shortages and take a toll on health care workers.

  • The U.S. had more than 312,000 confirmed cases and at least 8,503 deaths from the virus as of Sunday morning, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.