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Millions of Americans Face Infection
A federal infectious disease official issued an ominous warning Sunday as a hospital ship sailed for New York's harbor and the U.S. death toll from the coronavirus pandemic climbed above 2,200.
The U.S. death total has doubled in two days. Dr. Anthony Fauci, who has been a leading voice in the effort to curb the outbreak, says 100,000 to 200,000 Americans could die before the crisis is over.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, citing "extensive community transmission" of COVID-19 in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut late Saturday urged residents to refrain from non-essential travel for 14 days effective immediately. The advisory does not apply to employees of critical infrastructure industries such as trucking, public health professionals, financial services and food supply.
“Just a little bit of separation can stop a fire from spreading," CDC Director Dr. Robert Redfield said.
The U.S. counted more than 125,000 cases of coronavirus Sunday, and there were more than 2,200 deaths, according to the Johns Hopkins University data dashboard. More confirmations are expected as the U.S. ramps up testing.
More than 691,000 people are known to have been infected with COVID-19 globally, and almost 33,000 have died.
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Millions of Americans will be infected by the coronavirus before the crisis is over and 100,000 to 200,000 could die, a leading infectious disease expert said Sunday.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said on CNN's State of the Union that computer models generally overestimate the final numbers, but that "we are going to have millions of cases."
It's been two weeks since President Trump announced his 15-day guidelines for social distancing and other measures aimed at containing the outbreak. Fauci said the White House task force will take up the issue soon, and that those guidelines probably will be extended.
"It's going to be a matter of weeks, it's not going to be tomorrow," Fauci said. "It's certainly not going to be next week."
President Trump last week said he hopes the country can return to some semblance of normalcy by Easter, April 12.