White House Taskforce projects 100,000 coronavirus deaths
Trump at Tuesday's White House press conference
The projections have arrived. After weeks of media speculation, White House "leaks" and rising death tolls the White house coronavirus task force headed up by VP Mike Pence, has come out with official data projection models.
These models outline the beginning of a grim next two months. Sunday evening President Trump announced the extension of federal guidelines and recommendations in an effort to mitigate the potentially astronomical death toll. These guidelines will be in effect until April 30th, 2020.
Dr. Anthony Fauci and Dr. Deborah Birx went through a number of slides, beginning with the one on the left of your screen. This model shows a large curve representing the number of deaths that could have occurred if We just "rode it out" with numbers between 1.5million - 2.2million deaths. The lower and lighter colored graph signifies the expected death toll if we as Americans do everything "near-perfectly, as Dr. Birx put it.
During the press conference, President Trump warned of a "very painful" next two weeks saying,
"I want every American to be prepared for the hard days that lie ahead. We're going to go through a very tough two weeks"
Fauci said the projections could change depending on how the pandemic unfolds.
"We don't accept that number, that that's what it's going to be...We want to do much better than that."
Trump was struck by grave images from Elmhurst Hospital in Queens, near where he grew up, showing hospital workers loading dead bodies on to refrigerator trucks The scene helped solidify his decision that further distancing measures were necessary to prevent the disease from spreading causing more deaths.
Elmhurst hospital staff loading bodies via forklift