WATCH: Dr. Fauci Predicts 100K To 200K Americans Could Die From Coronavirus
In an interview with CNN's Jake Tapper, the NIH's Dr. Fauci predicted that 100,000 to 200,000 Americans could die as a result of coronavirus infection. Fauci said this figure was a rough estimate and could change based on new modeling data.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, speaking on CNN's "State of the Union" on Sunday, offered his prognosis as the federal government weighs rolling back guidelines on social distancing in areas that have not been as hard-hit by the outbreak at the conclusion of the nationwide 15-day effort to slow the spread of the virus.
"I would say between 100,000 and 200,000 cases," he said, correcting himself to say he meant deaths. "We're going to have millions of cases." But he added "I don't want to be held to that" because the pandemic is "such a moving target."