2 Very painful weeks ahead as White House projects 100K to 240K total US deaths from COVID-19
WASHINGTON-"This is going to be a very, very painful two weeks," President Donald Trump said Tuesday in a coronavirus task force press briefing from the White House, marking a notable change in tone in his view of the coronavirus pandemic that is sweeping across the United States, inundating hospitals and claiming thousands of lives.
There were over 184,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the U.S. as of March 31. "This is a plague," Trump said.
"You people are just incredible, they really are, they're very brave," Trump said in reference to the efforts of health care workers.
Dr. Deborah Birx also discussed models that showed how without mitigation efforts, the projected death count in the U.S. was between 1.5 and 2.2 million. With effective mitigation efforts, Birx said those numbers could drop to between 100,000 and 240,000, which was still "too much," she noted.
In another data projection, Birx showed how strong mitigation efforts in states like Washington and California had helped to keep the cumulative cases per 100,000 residents relatively low.