U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams warned the nation Monday morning by saying he does not think Americans are taking the “stay at home” order seriously enough.

“I want America to understand, this week, it’s going to get bad, and we really need to come together as a nation, ” Adams told NBC’s Savannah Guthrie.

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“It’s important for young people to know, you can get this disease,” Adams emphasized. “You can be hospitalized from this disease, you can die from this disease, but most importantly you can spread it to your loved ones, and so we really need you to lean in.”

Adams added that everyone needs to act as if they have the virus now to prevent its further spread.

“The other important point is that we're not going to ventilator our way out of this problem. We're not going to treat our way out of this problem,” he said. “The way you stop the spread of an infectious disease like this is with mitigation measures and preventing people from getting it in the first place."