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Surgeon General Urges Not to Misjudge U.S. Coronavirus Death Rate

U.S. Surgeon General Jerome M. Adams on Friday stressed caution against prematurely celebrating the nation’s death rate for the coronavirus pandemic remaining flat amid a nationwide spike in cases.

“We know deaths lags at least two weeks and can lag even more,” Adams said on Fox News’ “Fox & Friends.” “In the beginning, nursing homes were hit really hard and the majority of our deaths were occurring in people who were 60, 65 and older. Now the majority of cases are in people who have an average age of 35 and those folks are gonna have less comorbidities, they’re gonna be less likely to end up in the hospital and die.

“What we really worried about, particularly with young people, is that they get it and they spread it to their grandmother, to their grandfather,” he said. “If you go out this weekend, again, please wear face coverings, practice social distancing and if you live with someone who’s vulnerable, please take extra precautions so that you don’t take it home to them.”

As of Friday, the U.S. has nearly 2.8 million confirmed coronavirus cases, including more than 129,000 deaths, according to a Johns Hopkins University tracker.

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