Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams instructed the “CBS Evening News” on Monday that he is “hopeful” the U.S. could have fewer than the initially projected deaths from COVID-19. This got here after Dr. Adams had painted a grim image over the weekend, telling Fox News “this is  going to be the hardest and saddest week of most Americans’ lives, quite frankly,” and “this is going to be our Pearl Harbor moment, our 9/11 moment.” Here are our top takeaways from that interview:

1. On danger elements for various demographics

Emerging knowledge exhibits that the fatality fee for black Americans with COVID-19 is larger than for different ethnic and racial teams. This is especially pronounced in Chicago, the place public radio station WBEZ discovered that African Americans made up 70% of deadly COVID-19 instances, however solely 29% of the final inhabitants. “In far too many communities, being black is a risk factor for complications from COVID-19,” Dr. Adams stated.

2. Data exhibits a “glimmer of hope” for New York and New Jersey

On Monday, New York’s Governor Andrew Cuomo stated that the curve within the state could also be starting to flatten. Dr. Adams instructed us, “This is the primary glimmer of hope for New York, New Jersey, and we hope that the pattern continues, but it surely’s going to imply that everybody has to preserve doing their half.

3. Will the U.S. attain the projected 100,000-240,000 deaths?

After promising information out of New York that the curve might be flattening, Dr. Adams instructed that the U.S. could not attain the projected 100,000-240,000 deaths from COVID-19. “I am hopeful that we can’t attain that peak,” he told us. “And I’m hopeful as a result of the projections that we have now been working with had been based mostly on knowledge from different nations. We are seeing an increasing number of knowledge are available from the United States and that is been forming these projections in a brand new and higher approach.”

4. On therapeutic remedies for COVID-19

As politicians and public well being officers debate doable remedies for COVID-19, Dr. Adams instructed us “I do not assume that this epidemic goes to be ended by a miracle drug or therapeutic.”

“You’re not going to deal with your approach out of this downside, you are not going to provide or ventilate your approach out of this downside,” he said. “The approach we get out of this downside is by reducing demand. It’s by good, old style public well being. I don’t desire folks to take their eyes off the truth that crucial factor proper now’s mitigation and social distancing and good hygiene.”

5. On rising hotspots and nationwide capability to reply

As the conditions in New York and New Jersey present indicators of doable enchancment, we requested the Surgeon General which cities are rising as potential downside areas with respect to the virus. “We know New Orleans has not hit their peak but. They’re a hotspot,” Dr. Adams said. “We know that Michigan is de facto struggling, significantly within the Detroit space. … And from a provide perspective, we ship a whole lot of our provides and assets to New York, as soon as they hit their peak, they are going to be redeployed to different areas, and we finally cannot afford to have 15, 20, 30 hotspots directly as a result of that would overwhelm our capacity to have the option to reply.”  

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