Fauci Warns US Could See 100K New COVID Cases Per Day: ‘It Could Get Very Bad’

Director Anthony Fauci appearing before the Senate Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee on June 30.Screengrab / CBS News / YouTube


“We’re going in the wrong direction… when you have an outbreak in one part… It puts the entire country at risk.”

Axios reports that Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, testified to a Senate committee on June 30 that he “would not be surprised” if the United States began reporting as many as 100,000 new COVID-19 cases per day in the future.

  • On June 30, Fauci spoke at a hearing of the Senate’s Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee.
  • Fauci said that some states were “skipping over” checkpoints in the federal guidelines for reopening, leading to new hotspots in states such as Arizona, Florida, and Texas.
  • Fauci also noted that even states, counties, and cities that “did it right” have various people within them who engage in an “all or nothing phenomenon,” flouting social-distancing and face masks while out socially.
  • Fauci said of the United States’ situation, “I’m very concerned and not satisfied with what's going on because we're going in the wrong direction.”

Fauci added,

I can't make an accurate prediction, but it is going to be very disturbing, I will guarantee you that, because when you have an outbreak in one part of the country even though in other parts of the country they're doing well, they are vulnerable. I made that point very clearly last week at a press conference. We can't just focus on those areas that are having the surge. It puts the entire country at risk.

We are now having forty-plus thousand plus new cases a day. I would not be surprised if we go up to 100,000 a day if this does not turn around. And so I'm very concerned.

In the video clip of the proceedings, Fauci declined to offer a numerical estimate of the possible number of COVID-19 related deaths because he “can’t make an estimation because that would have to be modeled out.”

But he added, “I think it’s important to tell you and the American public that I’m very concerned because it could get very bad.”

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