One of the Trump administration’s top coronavirus advisers told The Daily Briefing on Friday that the death toll from pandemics in the United States should begin to decline soon, though he warned that Americans will still have to take precautions such as wearing masks.
“What you see right now is that the positivity rate is low, the number of cases is starting to decline, hospitalizations are going down,” said Admiral Brett Giroir’s deputy secretary of health, Dana Perino.
“But the unfortunate, sad fact is that mortality, deaths, will remain a couple of weeks,” he added. “So I’m not making any promises here, but if all goes well, we should start to see the death toll decrease in two weeks.
“And then it̵7;s our turn,” Giroir continued. “If we now work the things we know so well, we have evidence on top that the simple mask he wears, if everyone else does it, can completely reverse it, then we won’t see it. [any new increases]. But if we don’t do it, until we get a vaccine, 90% of the population is still at risk of getting this virus and that could be catastrophic if we don’t do the kind of actions that we ask for. “
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Deaths from COVID-19 do not move perfectly with the infection curve, for the simple reason that it can take weeks 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 people worldwide.
Giroir’s comments came on the same day that he and the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Dr. Anthony Fauci testified before a subcommittee of the house on the pandemic.
Like Giroir, Fauci stressed the need to follow strict guidelines to prevent the spread of the virus, recommending the wearing of universal masks, closing the bars and avoiding crowds.
“I think if we do it for a couple of weeks in a row … I think we’re going to see a change because we know it works,” Fauci told PBS NewsHour earlier this month.
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Still Judy Woodruff stepped back, arguing that Americans have heard the message, but “it doesn’t work.”
Fauci responded by alleging that the efforts have been “a bit tainted”.
“It hasn’t been uniform,” he added, “where everyone in that region says,‘ Wait a minute, we have a serious problem. We need to restart this “.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.