In sworn testmony before a Senate committee, the nation’s leading infectious disease expert predicted the US could soon see as many as 100,000 new COVID-19 cases per day “if this does not turn around.”
The grim warning came from Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.
“If you look at what’s going on, and just look at some of the film clips that we’ve seen of people congregating — often without masks, of being in crowds, jumping over and avoiding paying attention to the guidelines that we’ve carefully put out — we are going to continue to be in a lot of trouble, and there’s going to be a lot of hurt if that does not stop,” Fauci told the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee on Tuesday.
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Fauci warned weeks earlier that the “consequences could be really serious” if states rushed their reopening initiatives without having the testing and contact tracing in place to isolate the virus.
In response to a question from Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass. on how many cases and deaths the nation could end up seeing, Fauci declined to offer a death estimate beyond his initial prognosis of somewhere between 100,000 and 200,000.
However, he did offer a grim assessment for new cases, which are now exceeding the 40,000 mark this week.
“We are now having forty-plus thousand new cases a day,” Fauci said. “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.”