Surgeon general predicts ‘hardest and saddest’ week due to coronavirus
The US surgeon general on Sunday warned Americans that the coming week will be the “hardest and the saddest” in most people’s lives due to the coronavirus pandemic — comparing it to Pearl Harbor and 9/11.
“It’s tragically fitting that we’re talking at the beginning of Holy Week because this is going to be the hardest and the saddest week of most Americans’ lives,” Jerome Adams said on “Fox News Sunday.”
“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.”
But, he noted, that the “public along with the state and federal government has the power to change the trajectory of this epidemic,” referring to abiding by the stay-at-home measures and social distancing guidelines to contain the coronavirus outbreak.
There “is a light at the end of the tunnel if everyone does their part for the next 30 days,” he said. “There is hope but we’ve also got to all do our part.”
President Trump, speaking at the White House’s coronavirus task force briefing Saturday, warned Americans to prepare for the weeks ahead as the national death toll surged past 8,500 and the apex of the virus has yet to hit.
“This will probably be the toughest week, between this week and next week,” the president said. “There will be a lot of death, unfortunately.”
More than 2,400 Americans died in the attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941.
Nearly 3,000 people were killed in the terror attacks of Sept. 11.
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