One of the Trump administration’s top advisers on coronavirus told “The Daily Briefing” Friday that the number of deaths in pandemics in the United States should soon begin to decline, though he warned Americans should still take precautions such as wearing masks.
“What you’re seeing right now is that the positivity rate is down, the number of cases is starting to fall, admissions are falling,” Assistant Health Admiral Brett Giroir told host Dana Perino.
“But the unfortunate, sad fact is the mortality rate, the deaths, will be delayed a few weeks,” he added. “So I make no promises here, but if all goes well, we should start to see the number of deaths fall in a few weeks.
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COVID-19 deaths do not move in perfect locking stop 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 others across the globe.
Giroir’s comments came on the same day as he and National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Dr. Anthony Fauci testified before a subcommittee in Parliament on the pandemic.
Like Giroir, Fauci has stressed the need to follow strict guidelines to prevent the spread of the virus, by recommending universal mask, closing rods and avoiding crowds.
“I think if we do that for a few weeks in a row … I think we’ll see a turnaround because we know it’s working,” Fauci told PBS NewsHour earlier this month.
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Anchor Judy Woodruff pushed back, arguing that Americans have heard this message, but that it “does not work.”
Fauci responded by claiming that the effort has been “a bit stained.”
“It has not 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.