Anthony Fauci, Director of the US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), told CNN’s Jake Tapper Sunday morning that the United States could see 100,000-200,000 deaths from the COVID-19 pandemic.
As of 3/29/20 at 11:15am ET, the United States has currently seen 124,356 cases and 2,236 deaths, meaning that the eventual total per Fauci’s projections could be about 50-90 times higher than we’ve seen to-date. This would also mean “millions of cases”, per Dr. Fauci.
Video of Dr. Fauci telling @jaketapper that "Looking at what we're seeing now, I would say between 100,000 and 200,000 cases… excuse me, deaths. I mean, we're going to have millions of cases." #CNNSOTU
These next few weeks could be pretty rough.pic.twitter.com/Vh6xB4Fele
— Josh Jordan (@NumbersMuncher) March 29, 2020
While President Trump has expressed a desire to reopen parts of the country less affected by the outbreak, Fauci expressed skepticism, stating that he would only support such a rollback if there was widespread availability of testing – which he currently referred to as “a little iffy”.
Fauci has served as Director of the NIAID since 1984, and has served as a key member of the White House Coronavirus Task Force.
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