U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams during a White House press conference over the weekend urged the media not to “spread fear and distrust and misinformation” amid the ongoing coronavirus outbreak, emphasizing that doing so would only drag out the situation and “more people will be hurt.”
As many have taken the coronavirus crisis as an opportunity to bash President Trump, Dr. Adams called for an end to all of the "bickering," "partisanship," "criticism or finger pointing," adding, "There'll be plenty of time for that."
“I want you all to understand some straight talk from the nation’s doctor: We really need you all to lean into and prioritize the health and safety of the American people,” said Adams. “No more bickering, no more partisanship, no more criticism or finger pointing. There’ll be plenty of time for that."
“But we all need to hit the reset button and lean into moving forward the health and safety of the American people as their top priority,” he continued. “More stories on how people can protect themselves, more people on — or how people can get the resources that they need that we’ve unleashed from the federal government and state and local governments. Less stories looking at what happened in the past. Again, there’ll be time for that.”
He echoed remarks from Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Dr. Anthony Fauci, who said that “this will get worse before it gets better,” adding, “But we are making progress to flatten the curve. We are making progress.”
Dr. Adams made three important points for Americans to keep in mind amid the fear-mongering going on:
Three important points: Number one, almost all people will recover. Ninety-eight, ninety-nine percent of people will recover. People need to know that. And we heard a great story on NPR this morning about an 89-year-old from that nursing home facility in Seattle who is recovered.
Number two, we must lean into protecting the most vulnerable: those with chronic or severe medical conditions, especially seniors. Now is the time for us to lean into that, and we are taking the measures to protect them at HHS. Secretary [Alex] Azar, Bob Kadlec, Bob Redfield, Admiral [Brett] Giroir are hard at work right now, leaning into that from the federal level.
But we need your help. Social distancing and mitigation, they’re not to protect the 30-year-old or the 20-year-old from getting coronavirus. They’re to protect your nana, they’re to protect your granddaddy, they’re to protect the people who you love in your lives. And we need your help.
And finally, we all have a role to play. If we are complacent, selfish, uninformed, if we spread fear and distrust and misinformation, this situation will last longer and more people will be hurt. But if we pitch in and we share the facts, we will flatten the curve and we will overcome this situation.
Watch a clip from his remarks below.