The White House coronavirus response coordinator, Dr. Deborah Birx, expressed her concern for every city in the United States on Monday while projecting that a death toll of between 100,000 to 200,000 is best case scenario at this point.
What We Know:
- In an interview on TODAY, Dr. Deborah Birx painted a grim message about the expected fatalities, echoing that without doing any measures they could hit as high as 2.2 million, as coronavirus cases continue to climb throughout the U.S.
- Birx went onto say that further projections by Dr. Anthony Fauci aimed at around 1.6 million to 2.2 million deaths for the worst case scenario should the country have done nothing. Regardless, even “if we do things almost perfectly,” she still predicts up to 200,000 U.S. deaths.
- “If you just look at those and say, there are very little infections in that area or that area or that area, we don’t have to worry about it, you’re making a big mistake,” Fauci said on CNN on Monday.
- Due to the continued spread of coronavirus, President Trump announced on Sunday that his administration would continue to advocate social-distancing guidelines through April 30.
Also on Sunday, Birx said on Meet the Press that “no state, no metro area will be spared,” a message she reiterated on Monday. She added that regardless what metro or rural areas don’t see the virus in the community now, the outbreak will be significant when it does show up.