Experts Warn United States Should Brace For 200,000+ Coronavirus Deaths

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If you didn’t yet think the coronavirus pandemic was a very serious problem, hopefully you’ll feel differently after watching this unsettling and eye-opening segment.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, one of the country’s foremost experts on COVID-19, and infectious diseases more generally, spoke to Jake Tapper on CNN this morning. In the clip (above), Fauci’s dire predictions for what’s likely to happen to this country in the next few months ought to shock us all into preventative action, to say the least.

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The good doctor got real with Tapper about both a worst-case scenario (millions of deaths) and a very likely scenario (at least several hundred thousand deaths) in seeing how this pandemic will play out. Ultimately, as you can see in the interview segment up top, Fauci noted models suggest it’s very likely the United States will see as many as 200,000 coronavirus-related deaths in the coming months as this thing plays itself out.

Obviously, as Fauci notes, that number is a moving target and will change some based on the actions taken now by state and local governments. But still… that’s a HUGE number, along with his note that it’s almost a foregone conclusion at this point that millions of Americans will contract the disease.

As of this morning, more than 2,000 people have already died from COVID-19 in the United States, with that fatality number doubling in just the last 24 hours. New York City has been one of the hardest-hit areas in the country, and yet it’s still a few weeks away from its likely apex. New Orleans and the surrounding area there has also been |542fc92a9edc4498775421e85f782ea5|.

All this is an exceptionally grim and horrifying prediction from an expert who knows a thing or two about the spread of this stuff, of course. But it’s also an actionable warning to those of us out there concerned about the spread: stay home! Keep washing your hands! Keep businesses and schools closed for the foreseeable future! Nobody wants to see the economy suffer endlessly, of course, but the potential for mass destruction here is too great not to take it very, very seriously.

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Here’s hoping President Donald Trump — who infamously said earlier this week he wants to “re-open” the country by Easter — will seriously change his tune on that and listen to the public health experts working diligently for his administration. What a time to be alive…

What do U think about all this, Perezcious readers?! We’ve been in self-isolation mode for a few weeks now, as Tapper notes in the video clip (above), and yet at points like this it still doesn’t even seem real… like a horrifying nightmare, or something out of a movie. So unsettling. Ugh!!!

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