04.05.2020

'This is going to be our Pearl Harbor': Surgeon general warns USA faces worst week of coronavirus outbreak

'This is going to be our Pearl Harbor': Surgeon general warns USA faces worst week of coronavirus outbreak Getty Images

Surgeon General Jerome Adams said the coronavirus pandemic rivals some of the darkest moments in U.S. history, including the two worst foreign attacks on American soil: the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor and the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. 

"This is going to be the hardest and the saddest week of most Americans’ lives, quite frankly," Adams told "Fox News Sunday" host Chris Wallace. "This is going to be our Pearl Harbor moment, our 9/11 moment, only it’s not going to be localized. It’s going to be happening all over the country. And I want America to understand that." 

Adams stressed that people and the government still have the "power to change the trajectory of this epidemic" and that there is hope that the worst projections can be avoided if Americans follow strict social distancing guidelines.

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