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Surgeon General Says US In 'Mitigation' Phase Of Coronavirus Fight

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U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams testifies during a Senate Finance Committee committee hearing on Capitol Hill, October 24, 2019 in Washington, DC. ( Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

By    |   Sunday, 08 March 2020 11:01 AM

The U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams on Sunday said the nation is in a “mitigation” phase in fighting the coronavirus outbreak.

In an interview on CNN’s “State of the Union,” Adams urged “facts over fear.”

“Initially we had a posture of containment so we could give people time to prepare for where we are right now,” he said. “Now we're shifting into a mitigation phase which means we're helping communities understand, you're going to see more cases. Unfortunately you're going to see more deaths. 

He said it’s a priority now to help people know how to protect themselves “and make sure everyone is doing those things.”

“Communities need to think about, should we be canceling large gatherings, what are our telework policies, should we be closing schools,” he said.

“Communities need to have that conversation and prepare for more cases so we can prevent more deaths,” he said.

“I want Americans to understand the novel coronavirus is a respiratory virus that comes from a family of virus that cause the common cold, MERS and SARS. We've successfully handled those in the past. Eighty percent of cases, it causes a mild disease. We want to focus on who is at risk and what people can do to protect themselves.”

According to Adams, the administration feels “pretty good that some parts of the country have contained” the virus.

“Just like when you look at the flu, the flu tracker, some parts of the country are having much more severe flu seasons,” he said. “Some are having very mild flu seasons. Same thing for coronavirus. You want to keep it out of your community.”

Adams emphasized it’s known who’s at risk.

“Average age of death for people from coronavirus is 80. Average age of people who need medical attention is age 60,” he said.

“We want people who are older, people who have medical conditions, to take steps to protect themselves including avoiding crowded spaces, including thinking carefully about whether now is the time to get on that cruise ship, whether now is the time to take that long haul flight. For most people, you'll be fine. If you have medical conditions, or you're older, now is the time to rethink that.”

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