Doctor speaks to Fox 4 about flattening the COVID-19 curve

Flattening the COVID-19 curve
Posted at 11:59 PM, Apr 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-13 00:07:19-04

NAPLES, Fla. — Fox 4 spoke to the Chief Medical Officer at one of the largest medical groups in the state for an update on when the curve could finally be flattening.

The latest model from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation shows the U.S. hitting its peak in coronavirus deaths this weekend.

“This is the peak for the country but for Florida, it has been moved to April 26th, ” said Dr. Perez- Trepichio.

Dr. Perez- Trepichio with Millennium Physician Group says those estimations in COVID-19 cases are still changing all the time, “determined by population density and adherence to the recommended orders to remain at home except for essential services, ” said Dr. Perez- Trepichio.

Many people are staying home, but he has a message for those who still aren’t taking things seriously.

“You are not only disregarding what’s good for the community, but we (you) are harming people if we (you) don’t follow those things, ”Dr. Perez- Trepichio.

The African-American community has been hit the hardest.

“The obesity, hypertension, (and) diabetes, things that are very common in the communities we just mentioned, unfortunately, they fall under this chronic condition, they will suffer the worst outcome,” Dr. Perez- Trepichio.

He emphasizes the importance of staying in your home to protect yourself, and the community, and seeking virtual assistance first if you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19.