Dr. Deborah Birx, the coordinator of the White House coronavirus task force, said in a press briefing this weekend that three U.S. hotspots of COVID-19 — Detroit, New York and Louisiana — are predicted to all hit their peaks in coronavirus deaths in the next week.
The predictions for each area include the three metro areas and their surrounding counties.
"All of those counties…are all on the upside of their curve of mortality, so you know when you get to the peak, you come down the other side," Dr. Brix said during the briefing. "By the predictions that are in that healthdata.org, they're predicting in those three hotspots all of them hitting together in the next six to seven days."
She also stressed the importance of following the presidential guidelines put in place during this time.
"The next two weeks are extraordinarily important," Dr. Brix said. "This is the moment to do everything that you can on the presidential guidelines. This is the moment to not be going to the grocery store, not going to the pharmacy, but doing everything you can to keep your family and your friends safe, and that means everybody doing the 6 feet distancing, washing your hands."