Surgeon General Jerome Adams warned that things are going to get worse.
At the time of writing, the global number of confirmed Covid-19 cases has crossed 382,000 and the number of deaths has grown over 16,000. In the US, there are over 46,000 confirmed cases with 582 reported deaths.
These numbers might seem small when compared to the total population but the speed with which the virus has spread and is growing is phenomenal. And it is a genuine cause for concern when countries worldwide are moving towards complete physical shutdowns to curb the spread.
As reported by NBC, the surgeon General Jerome Adams spoke in an interview with the 'TODAY' show where he expressed grave concerns over the current situation. He said: "I want America to understand this week, it's going to get bad." He added: "Right now, there are not enough people out there who are taking this seriously."
Speaking about the reports that people have been flocking on the beaches and ignoring the calls for social distancing, he said: "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."
He spoke to remind people that they should be following precautions as seriously as they can because this is not ending any time soon. He said: "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 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."