President Donald Trump listens during a briefing about the coronavirus in the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House, Tuesday, March 31, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
UPDATED 6:53 AM PT — Wednesday, April 1, 2020
President Trump recently assured that there’s light at the end of the tunnel in America’s ongoing fight with the coronavirus. During a White House press briefing Tuesday, he said the outbreak is expected to peak in two-weeks. During that time, the number of virus victims may increase.
“I want every American to be prepared for the hard days that lie ahead,” said President Trump. “We’re gonna go through a very tough two-weeks.”
The FDA recently approved two experimental ways of battling the virus, including using chloroquine and bone marrow from recovered patients.
“You’ll have an upslope, so as mortality the fatalities to this disease will increase and then it will come back down, and it will come back down slower than the rate at which it went up,” explained Dr. Deborah Birx, response coordinator for the White House coronavirus task force. “And so, that’s really the issue — how much we can push the mortality down?”
President Trump has compared the coronavirus to a plague and noted that it has negative economic as well as social effects across the U.S.
Dr. Anthony Fauci said the White House’s coronavirus task force has been discussing whether to start recommending that all Americans wear face masks. He suggested they will make that recommendation when the country has enough masks to go around and when they can ensure masks won’t be taken away from medical professionals who desperately need them.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, speaks about the coronavirus in the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House, Tuesday, March 31, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
“The thing that has inhibited that a bit is to make sure that we don’t take away the supply of masks from the health care workers who need them, but when we get in a situation where we have enough masks I believe there will be some very serious consideration about more broadening this reccomendation of using masks,” he stated.
The director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases went on to say wearing a mask is one of the best ways for a person to prevent spreading the illness, but medical professionals are in a “real and present danger” of getting infected.