Jerome Adams' comments on Monday resembled ones made days earlier by President Donald Trump, which Fauci disagreed with.
Jerome Adams told viewers that the government is "not trying to take away your freedoms."
"Here's the challenge, if you make something mandatory, particularly for the younger age groups we are talking about, many of them will rebel and do the exact opposite," U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams said while appearing on NBC's Today.
"You need to understand if you're living with someone who is at risk, because the last thing you'd want to do is go out and protest and then bring coronavirus home to your vulnerable loved ones, and have them ultimately succumb to it," Jerome Adams said.
"The coronavirus is not a state issue. It doesn't follow or respect state borders," Chris Wallace explained.
"My advice to America would be these guidelines are a national stay-at-home order," Adams said while appearing on NBC's 'Today.' "They're guidelines that say that 'look the more we social distance the more we stay at home, the less spread of disease there will be.'"
Dr. Jerome Adams' remarks came as the country reported the highest number of COVID-19 cases worldwide.
Jerome Adams told Fox News anchor Laura Ingraham that too many people were out there "doing the wrong things."
TV host Dr. Mehmet Oz touted a clinically unproven drug combination as a potential "treatment" for the coronavirus Monday on Fox & Friends—and less than an hour later the U.S. Surgeon General appeared to warn viewers against seeking dubious remedies.
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"We really need to lean into protecting our most vulnerable—people with chronic and severe medical conditions, especially the elderly because we know that they are most at risk," Surgeon General Jerome Adams said.
U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams and HHS Secretary Alex Azar, both Trump-appointed officials with drug company ties, issued a national warning Thursday about marijuana legalization and increasing potency.
The teenager was hooked up to a breathing machine and had her lungs drained of fluid.
The last Surgeon General advisory was issued in 2005 and involved warning expecting mothers about the dangers of alcohol.
The former surgeon general, Vivek Murthy, was known for saying guns are a health issue.
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Doctors who say guns are a health care issue are simply being doctors. Let them do their jobs.