Surgeon General Jerome Adams today told some hard truths to the American media-industrial-complex. The media has done a terrible job reporting on the virus.
Look, most people I know were watching those videos from China before they were censured and we knew China was lying and that this was bad. And coming here.
The media was asleep at the switch, or afraid of being called racist or maybe a virus in China brought bad ratings, but they were not reporting the severity of the situation.
And if the Trump administration’s response deserves criticism, and some of it does, so does the media’s response.
Look at Italy – whether we get hit with the same type of outbreak remains to be seen but it could get bad and what we all need to do now is come together and get through his.
Adams made that clear telling the media there will be time to criticize later, but now we need to stop the “criticism or finger-pointing” at the Trump administration’s response and start running stories that help educate the American people on how to stay safe and the real risks we face and how to mitigate them.
From The Hill:
“We really need you all to lean into and prioritize the health and safety of the American people,” Adams said at a briefing with Vice President Pence and other members of the White House’s coronavirus task force.
“No more bickering. No more partisanship. No more criticism or finger-pointing,” he continued. “There’ll be plenty of time for that.”
The Trump administration has come under intense scrutiny from members of Congress and the media for its lackluster response to the coronavirus, which has now infected at least 2,500 people in the U.S.
Members of Congress have been frustrated by the slow pace of testing, with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the public health labs it works with completing only 16,542 tests since the first case was detected in the U.S. in January.
Other countries experiencing outbreaks, like South Korea, are running 10,000 tests a day.
Because there aren’t enough test kits available, doctors and public health officials are limiting testing to people who are seriously ill or are at risk because they’re elderly or have underlying health conditions.
As a result, it’s not clear how many people in the U.S. have the coronavirus, but some experts estimate there are thousands of undetected cases.
But Adams said there needs to be “more stories on how people can protect themselves, more on how people can get the resources that they need that we’ve unleashed from the federal government and state and local governments” and “less stories looking at what happened in the past. Again, there’ll be time for that.”
Surgeon General Jerome Adams urges Americans to prioritize public health guidelines: "Some straight talk from the nation's doctor: we really need you all to lean into and prioritize the health and safety of the American people." https://t.co/FNVxRa6C6w pic.twitter.com/JkV8NjrtFB— ABC News (@ABC) March 14, 2020