America’s death toll from coronavirus will depend on nation’s response, top infectious disease expert warns

On State of the Union, Dr. Anthony Fauci tells Brianna Keilar that in a worst-case scenario millions of people in the US could die from the coronavirus.

The nation’s top infectious disease expert on Sunday warned that hundreds of thousands could die nationwide if America doesn’t take necessary action to curb the spread of coronavirus.

Asked on by CNN’s Brianna Keiler on “State of the Union” if hundreds of thousands could die from coronavirus, Dr. Anthony Fauci said that “it could happen, and it could be worse.”

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“Our challenge is to try and make that not happen,” continued Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease.

Fauci emphasized that it’s imperative for Americans to recognize the risks of the virus and take actions to prevent its spread if they want to reduce the potential death toll from the pandemic.

“If we go about our daily lives and not worry about everything” then the death toll could be high, he said, adding: “To me that’s real impetus to take very seriously the kinds of things” the public should do.

“People sometimes think that I’m overreacting. I like it when people are thinking I’m overreacting because that means we’re doing it just right,” Fauci said.

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