- Dr. Deborah Birx, a top official who works on the response of the US corona virus, told the tragic story of her great-grandmother, who died of the Spanish flu when she pleaded with the Americans for social distance, on Wednesday.
- "My grandmother lived for 88 years with the fact that she brought the flu home at the age of 11 … when her mother had just given birth. And her mother succumbed to the big flu of 1918," said Birx.
- Birx said that every American's job was to "protect every person you interact with".
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Dr. Deborah Birx, the response coordinator of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, told a heartbreaking story about her great-grandmother, who died of Spanish flu in 1918 when she stressed the need for social distancing.
During the 1918 pandemic, Birx & # 39; grandmother came home with the Spanish flu and eventually passed it on to Birx & # 39; Great-grandmother who had recently given birth. Birx said that her grandmother had been guilty of her whole life and "never forgot that she was the child in school who innocently brought the flu home".
"It is very important to me personally. My grandmother lived for 88 years with the fact that when she was 11 she brought the flu home to her mother … when her mother had just given birth. And her mother succumbed to the great Flu in 1918, "said Birx at the White House daily press conference on coronavirus.
"That's why we keep saying to every American: & # 39; It is your job to protect every single person you interact with. & # 39; We have a role that protects each other. That is why we are socially distant and They are socially distant, "continued Birx.
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Birx presented her grandmother's lifelong struggle, guilty of what happened in 1918, as a warning story to the Americans and urged her to distance herself socially if necessary and isolate herself so that she did not "accidentally" endanger the coronavirus Transferred to population groups or people.
The Spanish flu killed 50 million people worldwide, including and 675,000 in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). President Donald Trump's paternal grandfather, Friedrich Trump, was among the millions killed in 1918 by the devastating pandemic.
As of Wednesday evening, more than 64,000 Coronavirus cases have been reported in all 50 states and in Washington, DC, along with at least 920 deaths. Worldwide, the coronavirus pandemic has killed at least 21,100 people and infected more than 466,000.
The White House has issued a number of guidelines, including social distancing to curb the spread of coronavirus in the United States. The CDC defines social distancing as "stay outside the gathering environment, avoid mass gatherings and keep a distance (about 6 feet or 2 meters) from others, if possible."