A senior coronavirus adviser in the Trump administration told the Daily Briefing on Friday that the number of pandemic deaths in the United States should begin to decline soon, although he warned that Americans would still have to take precautions. such as wearing masks.
“What you see right now is that the rate of positivity is declining, the number of cases is starting to decrease, hospitalizations are declining,” Assistant Secretary of Health Admiral Brett Giroar told host Dana Perino.
“But the unfortunate, sad fact is mortality, deaths will be a few weeks behind,” he added. “So I’m not making any promises here, but if all goes well, we should start seeing the number of deaths decrease in a few weeks.
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COVID-19 deaths do not follow a perfect step with the infection curve for the simple reason that it can take weeks for them to get sick and die from the virus. The virus has claimed more than 150,000 lives in the United States and killed more than 500,000 others worldwide.
Giroir’s comments came the same day that he and the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Dr. Anthony Fauci testified before the House Subcommittee on the Pandemic.
Like Giroir, Fauci stressed the need to follow strict rules to prevent the spread of the virus, recommending a universal mask to wear, closing the bar and avoiding crowds.
“I think if we do this for a few weeks in a row … I think we’ll see a turnaround because we know it works,” Fauci told PBS Newshour earlier this month.
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Host Judy Woodruff dismissed it, arguing that the Americans had heard the message but “it didn’t work.”
Foci replied, saying the effort was “a little noticeable”.
“It’s not the same,” he added, “where everyone in the region says, ‘Wait a minute, we’re like a serious problem. We need to restart this. “
The Associated Press contributed to this report.