White House projects 100K to 240K U.S. deaths from virus

By Aamer Madhani, Kevin Freking and Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, Associated Press writers

President Donald Trump is warning Americans to brace for a “hell of a bad two weeks” ahead as the White House is releasing new projections that 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 stress that the number could be less if people across the country bear down on keeping their distance from one another.

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

©The Associated Press 2020

 

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