Coronavirus: Trump warns the United States is heading for two very, very painful weeks

WASHINGTON: President Donald trump On Tuesday, he warned of a very painful two weeks as the United States struggles with a surge the White House warns could kill as many as 240,000 Americans.

These will be two very painful, very painful weeks, Trump said at a press conference at the White House.

Trump described it as a plague.

I want every American to be prepared for the difficult days ahead, he said.

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Leading health experts said the decision to maintain strict social distancing was the only way to stop the easily transmitted virus, even if it has caused a massive disruption to the economy with three-quarters of Americans under some form of blockade.

There is no vaccine or magic therapy. It's just behaviors, each of our behaviors translates into something that changes the course of this viral pandemic in the next 30 days, said Deborah Birx, coronavirus response coordinator at the White House.

Birx showed a graph at the press conference that plotted a range of 100,000 to 240,000 deaths in the United States, when current mitigation efforts are taken into account.

The infectious disease specialist said at the press conference that mitigation is really working and that authorities are doing everything possible to achieve it (the death toll) significantly below that.

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