COVID-19 could kill as many as 400,000 Americans by winter, the leading infectious diseases expert in the United States Dr. Anthony Fauci warned on Tuesday.
“The models tell us that if we do not do the kinds of things that we’re talking about in the cold of the fall and the winter, we could have from 300,000 to 400,000 deaths. That would be just so tragic, if that happens,” Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases said during a discussion with American University students.
Last spring, Fauci warned that the United States could lose as many as 200,000 Americans. “And sadly, we have 210,000 deaths now,” he told the student.
Fauci encouraged everyone to wear a mask, social distance, wash hands frequently and spend more time outside than inside.
Fauci also asserted that a vaccine would not be probably be available to most Americans until next summer or the fall.
The coronavirus has killed more than 211,000 Americans from over 7.5 million infections, according to the Johns Hopkins University.