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“This is war”

On the night of April 5, the Nation’s Top Doctor, US Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams, addresses the public on Meet the Press for NBC news saying the worst is yet to be over. He begins to compare the striking number of cases that’s predicated to come to the 9 / 11 incident. At the moment, the U.S. currently has more than 1,000 dead within every 24 hours. That puts the current amount of deaths in the U.S. topping more than 9,000. Dr. Jerome Adams quoted that, “the next week will be our pearl harbor moment, our 9/11 moment, it’s going to be the hardest moment for many Americans in their entire lives.” 

Some states and populations are ignoring these CDC guidelines which is a major contribution to the deadly peak of cases that doctors are predicting is coming our way in a few days. Dr. Fauci, who has worked closely with our president, is another doctor who has admitted that we are struggling to get this under control. Due to a scare prediction of a deadly peak in the Corona Virus cases, health officials are urging everyone to avoid leaving the house at all costs. Dr. Deborah Birx even quoted earlier that day that this is “not the moment to go to the grocery store, not going to the pharmacy but doing everything you can to keep your family and your friends safe.” If you must go out, it has been advised by health officials to wear a mask and practice your social distancing. 

On another matter, there is a short supply of personal protective gear (PPE) for all medical workers on the frontlines. Today, it was announced that Louisiana is running low on hospital beds. Due to the lack of medical supplies, many doctors, health care workers, and other first responders are catching the case of COVID – 19. One ER nurse quoted, “my hospital gave me a paper bag, and inside it is my N95 face mask for the rest of the year.” 

Although this fact is disheartening for some, causing many health care workers to quit as they fear for their own safety and their families, many choose to stay on the frontline to fight this pandemic. You will hear often from many of the health care workers quote, “this is war!”

By Sadie Fetui
Ka Lā staff writer

Sources:

NBC Nightly News Full Broadcast (April 5th)

Doctors, nurses speak on fighting COVID-19 from the front lines | GMA

Nurse Pleads With Americans To Stay Inside | NowThis

https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/meet-the-press/surgeon-general-implores-holdout-governors-give-us-week-n1177096

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/cases-updates/cases-in-us.html

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