It’s Holy Week — and there’s more reason for people to pray.
Health experts are predicting this week to be the peak of the coronavirus pandemic.
The U.S. just saw its death toll surpass the 10,000 mark on Monday, along with confirmed cases nearing 350,000.
Experts are expecting this week to see the highest surge in hospitalization, ICU care, and even deaths — with the U.S. Surgeon General comparing the devastation to a “Pearl Harbor” moment.
“It’s going to be our 9/11 moment. It’s gonna be the hardest moment for many Americans in their entire lives. And we really need to understand that if we want to flatten that curve and get through to the other side, everyone needs to do their part,” said Surgeon General Jerome Adams.
White House coronavirus response coordinator Deborah Birx told people to even forego essential travel for now — to avoid going out of their homes, even for grocery or pharmacy runs.
The White House has also finally reversed its advisory on using facemasks.
Initially, the federal government said it was only for the sick and for healthcare workers — but now they recommended everyone going out to wear a mask or any kind of face covering.
“We now know from recent studies that a significant portion of individuals with coronavirus lack symptoms. They’re what we call asymptomatic. In light of this new evidence, CDC recommends the task force recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public, settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain.”
The Surgeon General has even gone as far as creating do-it-yourself videos for face coverings using t-shirts.
Over the weekend, President Trump asked for the nation to brace themselves for the worst — but remained optimistic.
“And that point is going to be a horrific point in terms of death, but it’s also a point at which things are going to start changing. We’re getting very close to that level right now. And the next week and a half, two weeks are going to be, I think they’re going to be very difficult. And hopefully we can get this over with, because this is a very horrible thing for the world.”
There still are a handful of states that have not issued statewide stay-at-home orders, and federal officials are appealing to the governors to at least consider making that order for a week to help try to lessen new infections or risk having new hotspots pop up that would further strain much-needed resources.