Anthony Fauci Predicts Millions of COVID-19 Cases, 100,000 Deaths in US
- Author: Sonia Alvarado Mar 31, 2020,
Mar 31, 2020, 0:24
Most deaths were reported in New York state that had 718, with New York City the epicenter where 672 deaths have been recorded.
In a chilling warning, the U.S. will see 100,000 to 200,000 deaths from the coronavirus, the Trump administration's topmost infection disease expert forecast on Sunday as the pandemic infected almost 125,000 people in the country.
Dr Anthony Fauci, who leads research into infectious diseases at the National Institutes of Health, told CNN that models predicting a million or more U.S. deaths were "not impossible, but very, very unlikely". Fauci made his prediction in an interview with CNN's State of the Union on Sunday morning.
Dr. Fauci, also speaking on that TV show, said that the virus will infect millions of Americans and could kill 100,000-200,000. He added that the case toll might spiral out of hand, developing a serious situation in other states.
"But I don't want to be held to that", he explained as the pandemic is "such a moving target". Dr. Fauci told CNN's Jake Tapper that about 56% of the country's new infections are coming from the New York City area.
Dr. Fauci, the immunology skilled who's working with the White Home to curb the Coronavirus pandemic has made an eerie prediction that the United States of America might see between 100,000 - 200,000 deaths as a result of lethal novel virus. I think that - I mean, I know the spirit of the task force and when we talk about when people need things, doesn't matter who they are, we try to get them what they need.
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As the virus began spreading in the US, several institutions released models that projected the virus could kill millions of people if the worst-case scenarios played out.
"We felt that if we prematurely pulled back, we would only form an acceleration, or a rebound of something, which would have put you behind where you were before", Fauci said.
"Hospitals are so busy taking care of the people who are ill, they can't be spending time doing inventory", Birx said.
Asked whether she is saying that attitude cost American lives, Pelosi said: "Yes, I am".
Fauci also said he was hopeful that an antiviral drug could be developed by the summer, but a vaccine could take a year or a year and a half. "A lot of these deaths are already percolating", said Dana Miller, 61, of Belmont, Massachusetts, a retired health policy official in the US government.
He also said he supported Trump's decision not to impose a strict quarantine on parts of New York, New Jersey and CT as he considers it would create "a bigger difficulty". States across the country already have their own restrictions in place that, in many cases, are far stricter than the administration's, and those would have remained in place. "We are going to need a new app by Sunday, April 5 in all categories".