CDC now projects 150K deaths by mid-July; Fauci presses masks

Anthony Fauci
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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The latest projection from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows the U.S. coronavirus death toll could be up to 150,000 by the middle of next month.

The CDC analyzed the data from 20 different models to come up with its national ensemble forecast that suggests there could be 130,000-150,000 COVID-19 deaths by July 18. 

A big factor, according to the state-level forecasts, is the surge of cases in Arizona, Arkansas, California, Florida, Hawaii, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Utah. The CDC says there could be more deaths in those states during the next four weeks compared to the previous four weeks.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, who spoke with the Sacramento Press Club via Facebook Live on Wednesday afternoon, says people are losing sight of the threat of the virus as restrictions are being lifted.

“(The pandemic) is not gonna end spontaneously. So, the things that we’re doing that are uncomfortable now because they’re restrictive are the very things that are gonna get us to normality,” Fauci said.