Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams: “There Is Light at the End of This”

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Even though Dr. Jerome Adams has been the 20th U.S. surgeon general since September 2017, many people didn’t know he was the nation’s top doctor until the coronavirus outbreak.

Dr. Adams is a member of President Donald Trump’s coronavirus task force and is a constant fixture at the White House’s daily press briefings. Over the past several weeks, Americans have heard Dr. Adams’ cries for them to stay at home in order to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Despite the many challenges that come with Dr. Adams’ post, the 45-year-old married father of three seems to be taking it all in stride.

His mission as the “Nation’s Doctor,” is to advance the health of the American people. Dr. Adams’ motto as Surgeon General is “better health through better partnerships.” He’s committed to strengthening relationships with all members of the health community and forging new partnerships with members from the business, faith, education and public safety and national security communities.

As the surgeon general, Dr. Adams holds the rank of vice admiral in the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps. In this capacity, he oversees the operations of approximately 6,500 uniformed health officers who serve in nearly 800 locations around the world, promoting, protecting, and advancing the health and safety of our nation.

“I absolutely believe this is going to be an incredibly sad and an incredibly hard week for our country,” Dr. Adams told ABC’s “Good Morning America” on Tuesday. “But the American people have the power to change the trajectory of this epidemic if we come together like we have after past tragedies in this county.”

Recently, Dr. Adams said the next 30 days are critical to slow the spread of the virus in the U.S. and urged the public to practice social distancing.

“We need you to continue doing your part. And most people actually are — over 90% of the country is actually doing the right thing right now,” Dr. Adams said.

Aside from telling the country about our current health issues, Dr. Adams has created several initiatives to tackle our nation’s most pressing health issues including the opioid epidemic, oral health, and the links between community health and both economic prosperity and national security. In response to the opioid epidemic, Dr. Adams issued the first surgeon general’s advisory in 13 years, urging more Americas to carry naloxone, an FDA-approved medication that can reverse the effects of an opioid overdose. Dr. Adams also released an opioid-specific report, “Facing Addiction in America: The Surgeon General’s Spotlight on Opioids,” and a digital postcard calling for a cultural shift in the way Americans think about, talk about and respond to the opioid crisis. His Surgeon General’s postcard recommends actions that can prevent and treat opioid misuse, and promote recovery.

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