Fauci: We Believe America Could See At Least 100,000 Coronavirus Deaths, Among 'Millions' of Cases

Posted: Mar 30, 2020 1:01 PM

A truly harrowing assessment from one of the country's top experts.  In an interview on CNN, Dr. Anthony Fauci estimated that the United States will endure "millions" of Coronavirus infections, with deaths reaching low six figures.  This, as Dr. Deborah Birx warns Americans that no significant populations centers will be spared.  Many people are understandably puzzling through what comes next, in 'phase two' of the pandemic -- but we cannot lose sight of the fact that we are the teeth of 'phase one,' and it's going to get worse:

His answer is credible because he's highly credible, but it also aligns with other experts' views:

A "very wide range of possibilities" is right.  Meanwhile, as people search for hopeful trends, this could be good news out of Italy, although a fleeting downtick in New York City hospitalizations reversed itself overnight (though this might be welcome information).  One area of clear improvement is on testing -- which is a double-edged sword because many more tests being administered will inevitably drive infection numbers far higher, but it will also assist in identifying emerging hotspots and mitigating the disease's spread (including the coming county-by-county ratings outlined by the president):

Dr. Scott Gottlieb calls these developments a "game changer," even as he admonishes the public about worrying signs in the data ("April will be hard"):

Gottlieb has also co-written a detailed plan about where the country goes from here.  The four-phase roadmap itself is here, and a Washington Post op/ed about it is here.  And for a quick summary, here he is outlining key pieces of the proposal on Face the Nation:

I'll leave you with this thought: As widespread mask usage starts to become a new standard, this regulatory idiocy needs to be swept aside in order to get these pieces of equipment into the hands of medical professionals first, and then the general public, as soon as possible: