Dr. Anthony Fauci issued a dire warning that the number of coronavirus cases in the United States could rise to unprecedented levels if the country doesn’t get the spread under control.
"I'm very concerned about what's going on right now, particularly in the four states that are accounting for about 50 percent of the new infections," Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee during a hearing on Tuesday, reported the Washington Post.
“We are now having 40-plus thousand new cases a day. I would not be surprised if we go up to 100,000 a day if this does not turn around. And so I am very concerned.”
Fauci urged time is of the essence in order to turn the tide on the spread of the novel virus.
"I am not satisfied with what's going on because we are going in the wrong direction if you look at the curves of the new cases, so we've really got to do something about that and we need to do it quickly," he added. "Clearly we are not in total control right now."
During the hearing, Fauci advised everyone to wear a face mask in public.
“We recommend masks for everyone on the outside, anyone who comes into contact in a crowded area,” he continued. “You should avoid crowds where possible and when you're outside and not have the capability of maintaining distance, you should wear a mask at all times."
Fauci wouldn’t make a prediction on the possible number of COVID-19-related deaths in the United States, but added, "It's going to be very disturbing, I will guarantee you that."
According to the CDC, more than 126,000 Americans have died from COVID-19.