(CNSNews.com) - U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams said if you think things are bad now, just wait:
He appeared on NBC's "Today" show:
I didn't expect that I'd be on the "Today" show for such a somber occasion. I want America to understand, this week it's going to get bad, and we really need to come together as a nation.
I heard the story that you were just playing, young people out on beaches. We see here in D.C. that the District set up a cam for people to watch the cherry blossoms. You look on the cam, you see more people walking around than you see cherry blossoms. And this is how the spread is occurring.
And so we really, really need everyone to stay at home.
Dr. Adams said many people are doing the right things. “But I think that unfortunately, we’re finding out a lot of people think this can't happen to them.
"When you look at what's going on in New York, and we said this at the beginning of our "15 Days to Stop the Spread" initiative, that the numbers you see reflect what happened two weeks ago.
"We don't want Dallas or New Orleans or Chicago to turn into the next New York. And it means everyone needs to be taking the right steps right now, and that means stay at home," Dr. Adams repeated.
He added that some people are still waiting to see how and where the disease spreads "before they decide to get serious."
"As the nation's doctor, I'm here to help America understand how we need to respond to this. And where I come down is every single day counts. Every single second counts. And right now there are not enough people out there who are taking this seriously."
On Sunday, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said the United States, unlike Italy, has been able to put "a bit of a clamp" on the coronavirus outbreak by closing the U.S. to travelers and by urging people to stay at home.
“We're going to get hit. There's no doubt about it,” Fauci told CBS’s “Face the Nation.”
“We see it in New York. New York is terribly suffering. But the kinds of mitigation issues that are going on right now, the things that we're seeing in this country, this physical separation, at the same time as we're preventing an influx of cases coming in, I think that's going to go a long way to preventing us from becoming an Italy.”