Washington — Dr. Anthony Fauci, one of the nation’s top infectious diseases experts, told a Senate panel Tuesday that he “would not be surprised” to see the number of daily new coronavirus cases balloon to 100,000 per day if the country does not take action to stop the spread of new infections.
At a hearing before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, Fauci said he was “very concerned” about the rise in new cases across the country, saying “the numbers speak for themselves.”
“Clearly we are not in total control right now,” Fauci said, noting that “we’re going in the wrong direction” in terms of new cases. Fauci said he could not estimate how many people would ultimately be infected, but said the numbers could get much worse.
“It is going to be very disturbing, I will guarantee you that, because when you have an outbreak in one part of the country, even though in other parts of the country they’re doing well, they are vulnerable,” Fauci continued. “We are now having 40-plus thousand new cases a day. I would not be surprised if we go up to 100,000 a day if this does not turn around.”