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Dr. Anthony Fauci warned Sunday that the United States coronavirus death toll may be counted in the hundreds of thousands.

Speaking on CNN’s “State of the Union,” Fauci, who has become a face of the U.S. COVID-19 response, predicted that millions of Americans will become sick with the virus and between 100,000 to 200,000 Americans will die.

“I mean, looking at what we’re seeing now, I would say between 100,000 and 200,000 [deaths]”, Fauci said.

“We’re going to have millions of cases,” he added.

Regarding worst-case scenario predictions that more than 1 million Americans could die from COVID-19, Fauci said, “it’s not impossible, but very, very unlikely.”

There have been nearly 2,500 COVID-19 deaths and more than 138,000 confirmed cases in the U.S. as of Sunday afternoon.

The U.S. epicenter for the virus is New York City, but cases are exploding in New Jersey, Florida, Michigan, California, and Massachusetts.

President Donald Trump said last week that he would like to re-open the country by Easter. But with exponential growth in COVID-19 cases and deaths, Fauci said that will likely not happen.

“We will take it as it comes. We will look at it. And if we need to push the date forward, we will push the date forward,” Fauci said.

  • Rebecca Davis says:

    The previous commentators are letting their emotions sway their reason. Dr. Fauci is using all available data, not just data from China. He is using these data to make statistical predictions. Medicine, Epidemiology, & Statistics have no political bias. Therefore, Dr. Fauci has no political bias.

  • Kevin says:

    God is in control.

    Good news folks, Jesus is coming soon !!!!!

    Repent and receive the gospel. 1Cor15:1-4

    Believe and confess Jesus is lord and be saved Romans10:9-13

    Look up for your redemption draws neigh.

    God bless all the sick from this disease in Jesus’s name I pray.

  • jerseybadger says:

    I’m not comfortable with what Fauci says he is a member of the enemy camp and I think he’s bullshitting us to some extent

  • Tom says:

    I’m lousy at math and use this websites numbers only for the U.S

    However, (if the numbers are fairly close)

    Deaths 2,951. Deaths per million population (In the U.S). Total cases per million population .

    Total cases 159,000 (In the U.S.) Total deaths 2951 (In the U.S)

    159,000 (actual cases) x.1.75% (mortality rate) = 2782 deaths.

    If everybody in Connecticut (3,500,000) contracted the flu at a 1.75 % mortality rate would result in 61,250 deaths. Maybe 100,000 to 200, 000 is possible.

    Hopefully my math stinks badly.

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