With as many as 6000 deaths from Coronavirus across the country and 2,468 alone in New York, the U.S top experts believe that aggressive social distancing measures need to be taken. Looking at the rapid increase in the number of cases in the last few days, White House coronavirus response coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx said she could tell that not every American is following the social distancing guidelines issued by the Federal Government. Birx said, “Just to everybody out there across the country – when we say no gatherings of 10, we want to be clear – if you have a family of 10, we don’t want you to be split up.” She also reminded people not to gather for dinner or cocktail parties.
On the other hand, New York’s Governor Andrew Cuomo said that the state could run out of ventilators in the next six days. He compared the current pandemic with a hurricane. Cuomo said on Thursday, “It’s like watching a slow-moving hurricane across the country, where you know the path it’s taking. Why not deploy the national resources and stay ahead of the hurricane?”
As many as 245,559 Americans have been infected so far. Moreover, every state has registered deaths from coronavirus except Wyoming. Apart from ten states – Alabama, Arkansas, Iowa, Missouri, North Dakota, Nebraska, South Carolina, South Dakota, Utah, and Wyoming – almost every other state has issued stay-at-home orders.
Suggesting for a complete lockdown, Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said every state should issue stay-at-home orders. On Thursday, Fauci said, “I don’t understand why that’s not happening. If you look at what’s happening around the country, I just don’t understand why we’re not doing that,” he added.