White House coronavirus task force coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx delivered some direful remarks earlier today about the coronavirus which is now crippling the country. While predicting that if everything to combat them virus is done “almost perfectly, there could be up to 200,000 deaths” here in the United States.
She argued, “I think everyone understands now that you can go from five to 50 to 500 to 5,000 cases very quickly.” Birx claimed, “I think in some of the metro areas we were late in getting people to follow the 15-day guidelines.”
In addition, “We’ve looked at the Italy data with their self-isolation, and that’s where we come up with if we do things together well, almost perfectly, we could get in the range of 100,000 to 200,000 fatalities. We don’t even want to see that.” Birx added that, “Well, the best-case scenario would be 100% of Americans doing precisely what is required.”
That follows President Donald Trump telling, “…so if we could hold that down, as we’re saying, to 100,000 — it’s a horrible number, maybe even less — but to 100,000. So we have between 100 and 200,000, and we altogether have done a very good job.”
She also continued to emphasize the importance of social distancing and practicing proper handwashing. “100 percent of Americans doing precisely what is required, but we’re not sure that all of America is responding in a uniform way to protect one another,” she stated.
Further adding, “But we’re not sure based on the data that you’re sharing from around the world and seeing these pictures that all of America is responding in a uniform way to protect one another. So, we also have to factor that in. Cities that don’t social distance, that don’t stay at home, that believe you can have social interactions, that believe you can have gatherings in homes of 20 and 10 people even, that is going to spread the virus, even if everyone looks well.”
Dr. Birx said on Sunday the choice to extend the guidelines had not been made lightly, “We know it’s a huge sacrifice for everyone.” This update quite alarming to say the least.