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U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams warns that the U.S. has reached a "critical inflection point" in the coronavirus outbreak.
During an appearance on Fox & Friends Monday, Adams said the U.S. was "where Italy was two weeks ago" and urged Americans to follow basic health guidelines like washing hands and cleaning surfaces.
“We have a choice to make as a nation: Do we want to go the direction of South Korea and really be aggressive and lower our mortality rates, or do we want to go the direction of Italy?”
Adams called bans on public gatherings "tough decisions" and said the most important prevention methods were hand-washing and avoiding people who are sick.
“There’s every hope that we can be South Korea if people actually listened, if people actually were socially distanced, if people do the basic public health measures that we have been talking about all along, such as washing your hands, such as covering your cough and cleaning surfaces," he said, forecasting six to eight weeks of precautionary measures being taken.
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