Dr. Anthony Fauci gave a grim outlook on the coronavirus outbreak Sunday, saying the country will have “millions” of coronavirus cases and that as many as 200,000 people could die.
Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, gave the prediction on CNN.
“Whenever the models come in, they give a worst-case scenario and a best-case scenario. Generally, the reality is somewhere in the middle. I’ve never seen a model of the diseases that I’ve dealt with where the worst case actually came out. They always overshoot,” Fauci, told CNN’s Jake Tapper on State of the Union.
“I mean, looking at what we’re seeing now, you know, I would say between 100 and 200,000 (deaths). But I don’t want to be held to that,” Fauci added, saying the U.S. is going to have “millions of cases.”
Fauci’s comments come after a tough weekend that saw the number of cases soar to over 150,000 citizens. The death toll has surpassed 2,400 in the country.
Even when pressed about Trump’s incorrect statements about the disease, Fauci responded “I can’t jump in front of the microphone and push him down. OK, he said it. Let’s try and get it corrected for the next time.”