President Donald Trump prepared Americans for a coming surge in coronavirus cases, calling COVID-19 a plague and saying the U.S. is facing a “Very, very painful two weeks.”
“You’re going to start seeing some light at the end of the tunnel, but this is going to be a very painful, very, very painful two weeks.”
Dr. Deborah Birx , coordinator for the White House coronavirus task force, and Dr. Anthony Fauci said they are still projecting between 100,000 and 200,000 deaths in the U.S. with a peak in fatalities over the next two weeks.
People with underlying conditions are also at greater risk of death, scientists say.
Earlier Tuesday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released preliminary data showing that people with diabetes, chronic lung disease, heart disease or those who smoke may be at increased risk of developing severe complications, even death, if they get infected with the coronavirus.
The death projections “Are very sobering, and when you see 100,000 people, and that’s a minimum,” Trump said.
“A hundred thousand is, according to modeling, a very low number.” The death toll would be even higher without any mitigation measures with some estimates as high as 2.2 million fatalities, Trump said.