Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, has been continuously giving educated and reliable advice on the COVID-19 pandemic.
The nation’s leading infectious diseases expert has now disclosed the grim statistic that as many as 400,000 Americans could die from COVID-19 unless precautions are taken in the fall and winter, Politico reported.
During a virtual event held by American University, Fauci gave a chilling warning that the United States’ death toll could nearly double in the coming months.
“The models tell us if we don’t do what we need to in the fall and winter, we could have 300,000-400,000 COVID-19 deaths,” Fauci said.
As of October 7, the country has recorded 210,918 deaths and more than 7.5 million confirmed infections of COVID-19, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.
Yesterday, the doctor said that he is “disturbed and concerned” by the number of new coronavirus cases diagnosed throughout the United States.
“I am certainly not pleased (or) satisfied, but I’m actually disturbed and concerned about the fact that our baseline of infections is still stuck at around 40,000 per day,” Fauci said. “That’s no place to be when you’re trying to get your arms around an epidemic and get it to a very low baseline.”
As the colder weather slowly trickles in, the disease expert shared his concerns for people likely hanging out together indoors rather than outdoors. Fauci urged Americans to remember that this presents a heightened risk of viral transmission.
Fauci also revealed information that he was not involved in treating President Donald Trump. Last week the president tweeted that he and the first lady, Melania Trump, had tested positive for COVID-19. He was then transported to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, where he was discharged on October 5.