Americans who have yet to fully recognize the trouble that awaits the nation are in for a rude awakening this week.
That’s not to say that this is a time to overreact or panic. Pandemics such as the current one have been studied and tested time and again throughout history, and we are able to predict fairly accurately the sort of impact that COVID-19 is going to have. There will be a crescendo in the coming weeks, and that can be draining on our mental health, particularly for those who find themselves sucked ever further into social and mainstream media channels.
What we need to remember during these dark times is that folks like Surgeon General Jerome Adams are operating ahead of the curve.
Adams appeared on NBC’s “Today” on Monday to dole out the simple, cold truth of it all.
Adams, in what he called a “somber occasion,” warned that it is “going to get bad” this week. He also called on people to “stay at home” to help combat the spread.
“I want America to understand, this week it’s going to get bad, and we really need to come together as a nation,” Adams told host Savannah Guthrie. “I heard the stories that you were just playing: young people out on beaches. We see here in D.C. that the district set up a cam for people to watch the cherry blossoms. You look on the cam. You see more people walking around than you see cherry blossoms.”
“And this is how the spread is occurring. And so we really, really need everyone to stay at home,” he added.
Simply knowing that there is trouble ahead is a vast advantage in this sort of methodical, mathematical, media melee, and Surgeon General Adams is doing us a service by telling it to us straight.
Become an insider!
Sign up for our free email newsletter, and we'll make sure to keep you in the loop.