Americans spent the weekend waiting for Donald Trump to make a decision on extending the social distancing measures to combat the spread of the coronavirus.
But Americans could not believe what they heard.
That’s because President Trump’s coronavirus expert made a prediction that left jaws on the ground.
Dr. Anthony Fauci is one of the leading members of Vice President Pence’s coronavirus task force.
For the last 36 years, Dr. Fauci served six Presidents as the nation’s leading expert on infectious diseases.
And on Dr. Fauci’s advice, the President extended the government’s lockdown until April 30.
Appearing on fake news CNN, Dr. Fauci previewed this decision by estimating that America could see between 100,000 and 200,000 people succumb to the virus.
Dr. Fauci did let Americans know that the worst-case scenario – where one to two million individuals perished in the outbreak – was not going to happen.
“You know, Jake, to be honest with you, we don’t really have any firm idea. There are things called models. When someone creates a model, they put in various assumptions. And the model is only as good or as accurate as your assumptions. Whenever the models come in, they give a worst-case scenario and a best-case scenario. Generally, the reality is somewhere in the middle. I’ve never seen a model of the diseases that I’ve dealt with where the worst case came out. They always overshoot. So when you use numbers like a million, million and a half, 2 million, that almost certainly is off the chart. It’s not impossible, but very, very unlikely,” Dr. Fauci stated.
But Dr. Fauci noted that any estimating of fatalities is just a guess that should never be etched in stone.
“I mean looking at what we’re seeing now, you know, would say between 100 and 200,000 cases. But I don’t want to be held to that because — excuse me, deaths. We’re going to have millions of cases. But I just don’t think we really need to make a projection when it’s such a moving target that you can so easily be wrong and mislead people,” Dr. Fauci added.
But other Americans looked at the numbers and wondered if the administration wasn’t just trying to set manageable expectations.
If you adjusted for population, the outbreak in America is nowhere near as dire as European countries.
There is no doubt that the coronavirus is a serious situation and that Americans in vulnerable populations – older Americans and those with pre-existing medical conditions – are at risk.
But some Americans are wondering if unelected health bureaucrats aren’t driving the economy into a ditch based on unproven models and models that spit out far-fetched doomsday scenarios.
There are two competing crises that the President must balance.
One is a health crisis that clearly exists in the biggest cities across America and the second is the economic collapse that will ensue if the President keeps the lockdown in place too long.
Great American Daily will keep you up to date on any new developments in this ongoing story.