April 5, 2020 – This message, given by Dr. Deborah Birx in one of the latest White House press conferences, was especially directed at residents of Colorado, Pennsylvania and Washington DC, with the attached chart showing the seriousness of the situation in our state.
Colorado is one of the state’s on the upside of the outbreak curve (refer to chart), making it more essential then ever in the next two weeks for people to adhere to Gov. Jared Polis’ stay at home orders, not leaving the house unless absolutely necessary, and to practice social distancing when out, wearing face masks.
Birx, coordinator of the White House coronavirus task force said Colorado has an expected peak in 14 days on April 18 when the model shows there could be 85 new deaths.
The data for this model was collected by Dr. Christopher Murray and researchers from The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME), an independent population health research center at UW Medicine which is part of the University of Washington.
Polis’ says that if residents of Colorado take this seriously, that our state should peak by mid April. But if not we could be in for a much longer haul, finding this highly contagious virus for a longer period of time. Nationwide as a whole, President Trump has said that there could be a “horrendous” amount of deaths still to come. US virus fatalities are at about 8,500, with at least 311,632 cases as of Saturday night.
He applauded California and Washington for “doing a good job,” ‘adhering to the rules that have helped the virus rates drop in those states. He hopes Colorado and other states follow suit so we can put this crisis behind us as a country and save lives.
Latest live White House press conference – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_N-J7MRUo0Y