Covid 19 Task Force Update April 10

April 2, 2021
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White House
COVID-19 Task Force

WHAT WE LEARNED TODAY

“It’s really about the encouraging signs that we see, but as encouraging as they are, we have not reached the peak.”

Dr. Birx said our social distancing efforts are working and that we're starting to see the curve of cases level off in the United States, but that we must keep doing what we're doing to reach the other side of the peak. "This is not the time to feel that, since we have made such important advance in the sense of success of the mitigation, that we need to be pulling back at all," said Dr. Fauci.

“We do not think people of color are biologically or genetically predisposed to get COVID-19… but they are socially predisposed…”

Surgeon General Dr. Adams shared minorities are more likely to be unable to work from home and more likely to live in densely populated areas, heightening their risk and spread of COVID-19. He said they're also more likely to suffer greater complications because they're more likely to have conditions (ex: asthma) that make them more susceptible to severe cases.

“I’m going to have to make a decision and I only hope to God that it’s the right decision… without question it’s the biggest decision I’ve ever had to make.”

Pres. Trump's response when asked about when and how he'll reopen the country. He added he wants guidance from his team of advisors. When asked whether reopening the economy in May will lead to more death, Pres. Trump said it could, but that "staying at home leads to death also."

Dr. Birx said that we're in unprecedented territory because we've never taken a countrywide approach to mitigation, but that there's several different road maps to guide the decision on how and when to reopen the country.

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by Jenna Lee,

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