Dr. Fauci: U.S COVID-19 death toll may be higher than reported

WASHINGTON: On Tuesday, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Dr. Anthony Fauci said people who have died from Covid-19 in the United States are more than those who have been reported as many experts keep supporting the facts. He said that the coronavirus death toll in the United States is “almost certainly higher” than the reported 80,000 figure and warned of serious consequences if cities and states reopen too quickly.

“Most of us think that the number of deaths are likely higher than that number,” Fauci told a Senate hearing.

He further explained, “The situation particularly in New York City, when they were really strapped with a very serious challenge to their health-care system, that people may have died at home who are not counted as it because they had no medical emergency and never taken to the hospital,” he said.

Fauci added he had no specific estimate “exactly what percent higher” the actual death toll could be.

The states which disregard the virus guidelines for safely reopening, about them Fauci too issued a warning. He said those actions would “turn the clock back” on stemming the tide of coronavirus infections.

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