Understanding Why the Next Few Weeks Are So Crucial

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The next two weeks will be crucial in United States’ fight against coronavirus, health officials warn, as the nation’s death toll nears 10,000.

Despite the rising death toll and mounting cases of COVID-19, President Donald Trump seemed to offer some optimism to the crisis Sunday evening. “We are starting to see a light at the end of the tunnel,” President Trump said during the White House Coronavirus Task Force briefing.

The task force doctors have been less optimistic, with health professionals like Dr. Anthony Fauci of the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases, saying the U.S. is still working to get the pandemic under control. He is encouraging Americans to continue practicing social distancing in the days and weeks ahead.

 

Erin Billups, National Health Reporter for Spectrum News, says these seemingly conflicting views of where the U.S. stands against the coronavirus, could stem from a delay in information.

“There is a bit of a two week lag in terms of what we’re actually seeing, in terms of how many people are dying and how many people are needing care in hospitals,  and what’s actually flowing into those hospitals,” Billups explained.  “There are glimmers of evidence that social distancing and mitigation efforts that happen across the country are starting to bear fruit.”