Surgeon General Says Social Distancing Guidelines Likely to Extend Past April

Americans may need to keep their distance from one another a little longer as the surgeon general is not convinced the coronavirus crisis will end anytime soon.

“In my opinion, I think that in 30 days we will still be telling the country in general that you need to practice these measures,” Surgeon General Jerome Adams said.

His comments come shortly after President Donald Trump announced he would be extending social distancing guidelines to April 30, as IJR previously reported. Trump originally hoped the country and economy would open back up for Easter.

Adams discussed shelter-in-place orders and how that could be something states may be able to scale back on in 30 days.

“In 30 days some places may not need to have a shelter-in-place anymore,” Adams said, “We’ll start to ease this in 30 days, in some places, but in other places, we’ll be ramping it up.”

Watch his comments below:

There are some states that have stay-at-home orders that reportedly extend past April including Maryland and Virginia. Maryland’s order has no end date and Virginia’s extends past April and May and is set to end June 10.

Stay-at-home orders require residents to stay home except for “essential activities.” These include “getting food, medical help or going to the pharmacy, or interacting with ‘essential businesses.’”

Adams pointed out how states are at different places with their curve.

“Some places aren’t going to hit their peak until after 30 days and they’re going to need to continue social distancing,” Adams said, “Other places that leaned in early may be able to relax some of their recommendations earlier.”

Dr. Anthony Fauci delivered some good news in recent days as he said the “the mitigation is actually working,” as IJR previously reported.

Coronavirus cases continue to spread across the United States bringing the total to 199,092, according to reports, as of Wednesday afternoon.


  1. So, for all of you who were laid-off and are otherwise unemployed through no fault of your own, how’s that employer-based health care plan working out for you NOW?

    What a stupid concept!

    1. Don’t be silly. We don’t care how much healthcare costs here in the US. It’s easy, just rack up a huge medical debt, then simply declare bankruptcy so

      I’ve been saying for years that our healthcare system needs a reset, and this might be the straw that breaks the camel’s back. If millions of people end up needing high-cost medical intervention, and more than 30% of us lose our employer-based insurance coverage due to unemployment, it’s going to cause unrecoverable losses to an enormous percentage of our population that we won’t be able to recover from. While other “socialist” countries are starting to be able to return to business as usual, our own country is going to be saddled with billions of unrecoverable medical cost. Lives spared by the pandemic will be destroyed by debt.

      There are some insurance companies that promise to waive Coronavirus treatment for those lucky ones who still have jobs and insurance, but there isn’t enough money in their accounts to cover everyone who needs it, unless the government bails them out – which ends up being pretty much like socialized healthcare.

      After this is over, healthcare will certainly be different in this country, when there will be so many voters with crippling healthcare debt looming over them.

      1. The sad thing, Ed, is that the same indebtedness and pain from our health care system has been going on for decades. Just because we may get SOME of the virus costs covered now doesn’t mean that we can’t ALSO cover ALL health costs for everyone, you know, like the rest of the civilized world already does.

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