One of the leading coronavirus advisers told the Trump report on Friday that the number of pandemic deaths in the United States should begin to decline soon.
“Now you can see that the positivity rate is falling, the number of cases is starting to fall, the number of hospitalizations is falling,” said Deputy Health Minister Admiral Brett Giroir, host of Dana Perino.
“But the unfortunate, sad fact is mortality, deaths, in a few weeks,” he added. “So I don’t make any promises here, but if all goes well, we should start to see the number of deaths in a few weeks.
“And then it̵7;s up to us,” Giroir continued. “If we do things we know well now, we have evidence – besides, we have evidence that simply wearing a mask, if everyone does, can turn it around – then we won’t see [any new increases]But if we don’t do that until we get the vaccine, 90 percent of the population is still at risk of the virus, which could be catastrophic if we don’t take the actions we demand. ‘ “
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COVID-19 deaths do not move perfectly with the infection curve, for the simple reason that disease and death from the virus can last for weeks. The virus has claimed more than 150,000 lives in the United States and killed more than 500,000 more people worldwide.
Giroir’s comments came on the same day that he and the director of the National Institute for Allergic and Infectious Diseases, Dr. Anthony Fauci testified before the House Pandemic Subcommittee.
Like Giroir, Fauci stressed the need to follow strict guidelines to prevent the spread of the virus, recommend wearing a universal mask, closing bars, and preventing crowds.
“I think if we do it 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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Anchor Judy Woodruff stepped back, saying the Americans had heard the news, but “it didn’t work.”
Fauci responded by saying that the efforts were “a little dirty.”
“It was not uniform,” he added, “where everyone in the region says,” Wait a minute, we have a serious problem. We have to restart it. ‘ “
The Associated Press contributed to this report.