Hundreds of thousands of Americans could die from the deadly Asian virus, advisers to the official residence of the president have warned.
Health experts on the White House Coronavirus Task Force have predicted the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) Virus could claim the lives of between 100,000 and 240,000 U.S. residents before it can be completely contained.
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease Director Anthony Fauci believes it is highly likely the total death count will be within that range. He said the Trump administration was already working “very hard to bring that number down” through social distancing and effective primary health care.
“We are at war with a deadly virus,” President Donald Trump told a press briefing with the Coronavirus Task Force.
The president urged all Americans to follow the federal government’s advice to keep a six-foot distance from others and to stay at home unless it is absolutely necessary to travel for work, shopping household items, attending medical appointments, or performing outdoor exercise.
“It is absolutely critical for the people to follow the guidelines for the next 30 days,” he said. “It is a matter of life a death, frankly. It is a matter of life and death.”
The president urged the public to gather strength and endurance for the next few weeks since there will be a “pretty strong” jump in the number of people infected by the CCP Virus that will most likely cause more deaths.
“This is going to be a rough two week period, as a nation, we are going to have a really rough two weeks,” he said. “This could be a hell of a bad two weeks; this is going to be a very bad two or maybe even three weeks; this is going to be three weeks like we have never seen before.”
More than 188,500 people have been diagnosed with the CCP Virus and more than 3,800 have already died across the United States, according to the Worldometer website.
In preparation for the surge in CCP Virus cases, the Trump administration has increased manufacturing of lifesaving medical equipment and machinery. Ventilators have already been sent to Michigan, Louisiana, New York, and New Jersey with more on the way.
“We have almost 10,000 [additional] ventilators and have to hold them back because the surge is coming and it is coming pretty strong,” the president said. “We want to be able to immediately move [the ventilators] into place.”
The Federal Emergency Management Agency has also supplied 250 ambulances and 500 emergency medical technicians across New York state.
“That is a lot of ambulances,” the president said.
On the West Coast the Trump administration has ordered the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to help expand existing hospitals to accommodate a further 50,000 beds.
“[I] had a great conversation last night with [Democratic] Gov. [Gavin] Newsom, he is doing a really good job, we are in constant communication,” the president said. “The U.S. Naval Ship Mercy hospital ship is now operational, it is in Los Angeles and receiving patients.”