New York Governor Andrew Cuomo holds a press conference on the coronavirus pandemic.
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The U.S. coronavirus death toll surpassed 4,000 early Wednesday and public health officials were considering recommending that more Americans wear face masks to combat the pandemic that has brought the global economy to its knees.
“Even if you do wear a mask, it can’t be at the expense of social distancing,” said Surgeon General Jerome Adams. He added that high-tech, N95 masks would not be necessary – and could come at the expense of health care workers who need them.
The current U.S. death toll appears to be a tiny fraction of what the nation faces over the next few weeks, public health officials say. They estimate that between 100,000 and 240,000 Americans could die this year because of the coronavirus.
Nearly 1,100 have died in New York City alone, prompting the city to open temporary hospitals in a convention center and iconic Central Park.
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