U.S. General Surgeon Jerome Adams holds a face mask during the daily briefing on the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19 on April 22, 2020 in the Brady Briefing Room of the White House in Washington, DC.
General surgeon Jerome Adams stopped advising people not to attend large gatherings on the weekend of July 4th, despite warnings from health officials that such events could spread the coronavirus.
His comments come when President Donald Trump plans to perform at two major events on July 4, one on Friday evening at Mount Rushmore in South Dakota and one on Saturday in Washington, DC. Dozens of states are on the rise in confirmed cases of coronaviruses as efforts to reopen in the United States continue.
When asked if he would advise anyone to go to a large gathering, Adams, in an interview with NBC's Today, avoided answering the question directly and instead rattled off points that individuals should consider before making this decision.
He advised a person to see if they were at higher risk for the coronavirus due to the underlying diseases and whether the community in which they were found had recently seen peak scores in confirmed cases.
Today's presenter, Craig Melvin, interrupted him before Adams finished his points and urged him to advise anyone to attend an event where a large number of people would gather.
"It's not a yes or no," said Adams. "Everyone has to make up their own minds. There will be people going to the beaches, barbecuing, going to different environments. And they have to look at their individual risk. As you mentioned, the CDC says they are larger gatherings." a higher risk. You need to take this into account again, whether you are at risk or not, whether you live with someone who is vulnerable or not. "
Adams asked the people who went out to wear a face covering.
"If we all wear these, we will actually have more independence and freedom because more places can stay open and the disease spreads less," he said.
Trump will be attending a July 4th celebration this weekend that large gatherings of people are expected at the National Mall. White House spokesman Kayleigh McEnany said Wednesday that no masks are required during the event.
"The president said we should follow up with our local authorities, so that's the decision," McEnany said. "He encourages people to follow these authorities. I would also mention that the CDC guidelines are recommended but not required, and we look forward to the July 4th celebration."
Trump is scheduled to attend fireworks in South Dakota on Friday, where Republican governor Kristi Noem said no social distancing will take place and masks are optional.
"We're going to have a big event on July 3rd. We've told people who are concerned that they can stay at home, but those who want to come to us will hand out free face masks if they want to wear one, but we do will not distance us socially, "Noem said Monday night in an interview with Fox News.
The outbreak has spread worldwide, with more than 10.8 million confirmed cases and over 521,874 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University. The United States had at least 2.7 million cases and 128,740 deaths, according to the latest information.