Just one day after forecasting that at least 100,000 Americans will die at the hands of coronavirus and the President bracing Americans for a “very tough two weeks” ahead of us, the Coronavirus Task Force is set to brief reporters at 5 p.m. ET on the very latest developments.
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For the past several weeks, Americans have rallied around the mantra that we have to “flatten the curve.”
The U.S. surpassed a landmark of sorts today, rising above 200,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus. Some experts say we’re 4 or 5 weeks away from flattening out and added we could see several thousand deaths per day during the peak.
Check out the latest data from this Johns Hopkins heat map, which updates their map frequently throughout the day. Governor Andrew Cuomo of New York and Mayor Bill de Blasio both indicated they expect to see a sharp increase before it gets better.
Samaritan’s Purse set up a makeshift tent hospital in NYC to help with overflow, and they started seeing their first patients this afternoon. The USNS Comfort is also docked in New York and ready to take patients as well, though as of publication time for this article patients hadn’t been coming in yet. They are only able to receive non-coronavirus patients, due to the functionality of the ship and their inability to separate patients adequately.
As for the dire predictions in the days ahead, Dr. Anthony Fauci said that we as citizens have to do everything right as far as social distancing is concerned in order to have a chance at flattening the curve. “Models are as good as the assumptions you put into them. As we get more data, then you put it in and that might change.”
Let’s all pray the data changes for the better.