Coronavirus Facts Only: White House projects 100K to 240K US deaths from virus

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April 01, 2020 - 11:20 am

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - Dr. Fred Buckhold is a SLU Care general internist at SSM Health Saint Louis University Hospital. The White House Coronavirus Task Force says even with mitigation efforts, between 100,000 to 240,000 Americans may die from COVID-19.

Dr. Buckhold says those numbers are staggering and troubling. He says this shows we are not getting a handle on this and we are not doing enough to curb the spread.

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Dr. Buckhold says he is embarrassed by this and we can do better. We know what to do to slow the spread and need to be more committed to social distancing.

He calls on Missouri Governor Mike Parson to issue a statewide stay at home order.

White House projects 100K to 240K US deaths from virus

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Tuesday warned Americans to brace for a “hell of a bad two weeks” ahead as the White House projected there could be 100,000 to 240,000 deaths in the U.S. from the coronavirus pandemic even if current social distancing guidelines are maintained.

Public health officials stressed that the number could be less if people across the country bear down on keeping their distance from one another.

“We really believe we can do a lot better than that,” said Dr. Deborah Birx, the coordinator of the White House coronavirus task force. That would require all Americans to take seriously their role in preventing the spread of disease, she said.

Added Dr. Anthony Fauci, the government’s top infectious disease expert, “This is a number that we need to anticipate, but we don’t necessarily have to accept it as being inevitable.”

Trump called it “a matter of life and death” for Americans to heed his administration’s guidelines and predicted the country would soon see a “light at the end of the tunnel” in a pandemic that has killed more than 3,500 Americans and infected 170,000 more.

“I want every American to be prepared for the hard days that lie ahead,” Trump said.

“This is going to be one of the roughest two or three weeks we’ve ever had in our country,” Trump added. “We’re going to lose thousands of people.”

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