The leading infectious disease expert in the U.S. is Dr. Anthony Fauci, who is also serving on Trump”s coronavirus task force. He’s estimating that the COVID-19 pandemic could lead to the deaths of between 100,000 to 200,000 Americans and infect millions more.
Fauci explains that the idea is based on modeling the current pace of the spread of the coronavirus in the U.S. On CNN’s “State of the Union” on Sunday, Fauci’s comments underscore the fact that the U.S. is still far away from what will be the peak of the virus’s outbreak, and this is based on predictions from federal officials.
As of early Sunday evening, data from John Hopkins University shows that the U.S. has over 137,000 confirmed cases with nearly 2,400 deaths. These numbers are rising rapidly. Furthermore, reporting from BuzzFeed indicates that the number of deaths and confirmed cases may be “grossly underreported.”
Dr. Anthony Fauci says there could potentially be between 100,000 to 200,000 deaths related to the coronavirus and millions of cases. “I just don’t think that we really need to make a projection when it’s such a moving target, that you could so easily be wrong,” he adds. #CNNSOTU pic.twitter.com/F2MOHY3xl4
— State of the Union (@CNNSotu) March 29, 2020
Dr. Fauci’s figures are based on a middle-of-the-road estimate and don’t reflect the worst-case scenario predictions that some experts are making. In fact, Fauci cautions against overreacting, saying that the possibility of one to two million Americans dying from coronavirus is “almost certainly off the chart.”
“Now it’s not impossible, but very, very unlikely.”
The doctor also cautions people to not put a lot of emphasis on estimates and predictions because it’s a moving target.
“It’s such a moving target that you could so easily be wrong and mislead people.”
He adds that the problems in New York and New Orleans are concerning.
“We’ve got a serious problem in New York, we’ve got a serious problem in New Orleans and we’re going to have serious problems in other areas.”
Unfortunately, Dr. Fauci is working with a guy (Pres. Donald Trump) who insists on constantly misleading people. Trump is even hoping to open the government by Easter, which Dr. Fauci indicates is unrealistic.
Unlike Trump, Dr. Fauci refuses to guess when the curve of new infections may flatten out and we can get our country back to some semblance of normalcy.
“The virus itself determines that timetable,” Fauci said.
And I think he means the coronavirus, not the virus known as “Trump.”