Much of the U.S. has been under strict lockdown orders for nearly two weeks now, and the precautionary measures have done their job in buying hospitals and the government time to prepare for the influx of patients.
However, Dr. Anthony Fauci, leader of the White House coronavirus task force sounded the alarm on Sunday and said that the country could still see between 100,000 to 200,000 deaths from the virus when all is said and done, Breitbart reported.
The media has taken to fearmongering during this crisis. In far too many cases, journalists are giving worst-case scenario numbers rather than the full story. The picture often painted is based on a presumption that only minimal response measures will be put in place, which clearly is not the case here in America.
Trump’s decision to shut down travel from China in January has been credited with helping to save tens of thousands of lives in this country and dramatically slowing down the spread of the virus.
The president’s decisive and unprecedented actions have helped protect the country from the catastrophe that some other nations have experienced, but Dr. Fauci warned that the U.S. is not out of the woods yet.
He told CNN, according to Breitbart, “I’ve never seen a model of the diseases that I’ve dealt with where the worst case came out. They always overshoot. So when you use numbers like a million, million and a half, 2 million, that almost certainly is off the chart. It’s not impossible, but very, very unlikely.”
Dr. Fauci further stated: “I mean looking at what we’re seeing now, you know, would say between 100 and 200,000 cases. But I don’t want to be held to that because — excuse me, deaths. We’re going to have millions of cases. But I just don’t think we really need to make a projection when it’s such a moving target that you can so easily be wrong and mislead people.”
Crisis ramps up
Democrats would love everyone to believe that had they been in charge, a single American would never have died. That, as anyone with common sense can surmise, is false.
Dr. Deborah Birx of the White House coronavirus task force said on Monday that with “almost perfect” adherence to social distancing guidelines “we could get in the range of 100,000 to 200,000 fatalities. We don’t even want to see that,” she added, according to The Hill.
The White House has taken a very conservative stance on its predictions for how long the coronavirus crisis may last and just how dire the situation may get. Still, task force officials have been forthcoming about the gravity of the situation without sensationalizing the predictions.
Indeed, Fauci disclosed during a CNN interview on Monday that the decision to extend social distancing rules until the end of April was prompted by the upward trend of infections and deaths across the U.S.
“When you look at the kinetics of the outbreak, the patterns that are going on now, even as we speak, they were not going to reach a peak and turnaround the way we wanted to, within the time frame originally estimated,” Fauci explained, according to Breitbart.