Donald Trump, on the coronavirus in the US: “There will be a lot of death, these two weeks will be the most difficult”

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“We will move heaven and earth to care for our citizens. We have to keep our people safe and healthy. We have to open our country again, end this war. We do not want this to last for months and months,” said Donald Trump.

The President of the United States, however, announced that between this week and the next there will be many deaths. “But there could be more if we had not taken the steps we took at a press conference,” he explained.

PFor Trump, the coronavirus pandemic is the biggest challenge since 1917, when 100 million people died in World War I.

Trump explained that the objective of the aid measures to the different states where the outbreak is advancing is to anticipate the critical medical needs of each case by several days. But he also suggested that states ask for more medical supplies than they actually need. “Fears of scarcity have led to exaggerated requests,” said the president.

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin is overseeing the government package that will distribute $ 2.2 trillion to the US economy in the coming weeks to try to cushion the free fall of the American economy. Aid includes $ 349 billion in small business loans and a $ 500 billion corporate rescue fund.

The positive of coronavirus already exceed 300,000 in the United States after adding more than 30,000 in the last 24 hours, while the deceased are at least 8,000, about 1,000 more than this Friday. Although neighboring New York and New Jersey remain the epicenter of COVID-19 in the country, with more than 130,000 cases, the outbreaks in California, Michigan, Louisiana, Florida, and Massachusetts already exceed 10,000 each.

The number of people infected in the US has doubled in just five days, since last Monday the country exceeded 150,000 cases and on Wednesday exceeded 200,000, according to Johns Hopkins, whose world map of the coronavirus has become a reference source before slow updating of official data.

For this reason, The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated its recommendations, which now also urge citizens to use pieces of cloth to cover their faces when in public. “The CDC is recommending the use of non-medical face masks as an additional voluntary measure. It is voluntary, it should not be done. He is a volunteer, I don’t think I’m going to do it ”, announced the president at a press conference, although he said that“ it may be a good thing ”. The CDC’s recommendation at the federal level follows those that the mayors of New York and Los Angeles had already made to their residents in recent days.

In addition to social distancing measures, “the CDC also recommends covering your face with simple cloth to decrease the spread of the virus and to prevent people who may have the virus and not know it from passing it on to others.” The agency noted that covering the face is especially important “in public places where other measures of social distancing are difficult to maintain (such as supermarkets and pharmacies) especially in areas of significant community transmission.”

For most people, the new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough, that disappear within two to three weeks. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more serious illness, including pneumonia, and death.

The specialists of the White House predict that, in the best of the forecasts, the coronavirus could leave between 100,000 and 240,000 dead even with the containment measures that have been implemented, and has warned that the figure can reach between 1.5 and 2.2 million if nothing is done to combat the virus.

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