With the United States approaching 4,000 deaths and 188,000 deaths for Covid-19, officials are now warning that the disease could eventually kill between 100,000 and 240,000 Americans, although people continue to stay at home and limit their contacts. with the others.
“We truly believe we can do much better than that,” said Dr. Deborah Birx, coordinator of the White House coronavirus task force. This would require all Americans to take their role seriously in preventing the spread of the disease, he said.
Dr Anthony Fauci, the government’s top infectious disease expert, added: “This is a number we need to anticipate, but we don’t necessarily have to accept it as inevitable.”
Stunning screenings were presented during a grim two-hour White House briefing yesterday. Officials described a death toll that would probably be better than the more than 53,000 American lives lost during the First World War at best. And the high end of the model approached the realm of the possibility that Americans lost due to the virus could approach the 291,000 Americans killed on the battlefield during World War II.
“There is no magic bullet,” said Dr. Birx. “There is no magic vaccine or therapy. They are just behaviors. Each of our behaviors translates into something that changes the course of this viral pandemic.”
Dr. Fauci called the numbers “reassuring” and urged Americans to “step on the accelerator” with their collective mitigation efforts.
“We are continuing to see things go up,” said Dr. Fauci. “We can’t be discouraged because mitigation really works and will work.”
Dr Birx said that the pandemic forecast initially predicted deaths between 1.5 and 2.2 million in the United States. But that was a worst case scenario, with no effort to slow the spread of coronavirus through social distancing. He added that states that have not yet seen a spike in cases where New York could act to flatten the curve of rising hospitalizations and deaths.
Not only can social distance make a difference, but also the frantic efforts of hospitals across the country to prepare for the onslaught of seriously ill patients. The better prepared the hospitals are, the better the chances of saving lives.
Dr. Birx said that experiences from Washington state and California give her hope that other states can keep the coronavirus in check through social distancing. That’s because they moved quickly to contain the first coronavirus groups by closing schools, pushing people to work from home, banning large gatherings and taking other measures now familiar to most Americans, he noted.
“I am reassured by looking at the Seattle line,” he added. “The state of California and Washington reacted very quickly to this.” Many other states and local governments already have strict controls on mobility and meetings.