White House predicts 200,000 Americans could die from COVID19 outbreak


New York: The White House has projected that America’s death toll from the deadly coronavirus could likely to touch 200,000 in two weeks.

Such a projection has sent shockwaves throughout the globe.

America’s top infectious diseases doctor, Anthony Fauci, said at a White House briefing that “It’s possible. It’s entirely possible that would happen if we don’t mitigate. What we’re trying to do is to not let that happen”.

Dr Deborah Birx, White House coronavirus response co-ordinator, explained that the model which is predicting the 100,000-200,000 death toll number assumes that social distancing is happening at scale.

“In the model, there’s a large confidence interval. In that model, they make full assumption that we continue doing everything that we are doing and even better. We are hoping that the models aren’t completely right,” Birx said.

At the same time, Fauci urged Americans not to get “overly anxious” about the extremes of the models. “Models are as good as the assumptions you put into it,” Fauci said.

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