Tony Fauci warns MILLIONS of Americans are going to get coronavirus

Dr. Tony Fauci warns coronavirus is 10 TIMES more lethal than seasonal flu and millions of Americans will be infected in an outbreak that will ‘only get worse’

  • Dr. Anthony Fauci warned the coronavirus is going to get worse 
  • ‘Bottom line, it’s going to get worse,’ he told lawmakers on Capitol Hill
  • He predicted ‘many, many millions’ will be affected
  • ‘If we are complacent and don’t do really aggressive containment and mitigation, the number could go way up and be involved in many, many millions’ 
  • Fauci and other experts have to leave the hearing early as President Trump called an emergency coronavirus meeting at the White House
  • Lawmakers demanded to know about lack of testing kits available
  • CDC Director Robert Redfield revealed there was a problem with the original test kits manufactured which set back production 
  • More than 1,000 infections have also been confirmed, though experts believe that is an under-estimate 
  • There have been 31 coronavirus deaths in the United States 

Dr. Anthony Fauci warned on Wednesday the coronavirus situation in the United States is going to get worse and ‘many, many millions’ will be affected.

His warning came as 33 people in the United States have died, the number of infected topped 1,000, the stock markets tanked and several schools said they would move to online classes after spring break out of fears of infection. 

‘Bottom line, it’s going to get worse,’ Fauci, the director of National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said at congressional hearing on the outbreak.

He warned millions will be affected. 

‘If we are complacent and don’t do really aggressive containment and mitigation, the number could go way up and be involved in many, many millions. If we contain we could flatten it,’ he noted.

He also recommended large sporting events be banned.

‘We would recommend that there not be large crowds. If that means not having any people in the audience as the N.B.A. plays, so be it,’ he said. 

And he warned that the mortality rate for coronavirus is at least 10 times that of regular seasonal flu – to which it has been compared by President Donald Trump.

He said that the WHO estimated it to be lethal in 3.4% of recorded cases so far, a figure he expects to drop to 1% – ‘which means it’s 10 times more lethal than the seasonal flu.’

Fauci, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Robert Redfield, and other administration officials sat before the House Oversight committee to testify on the administration’s response to the epidemic.

The hearing quickly turned into a bipartisan bickering match with Democrats criticizing the administration’s response and Republicans accusing the other side of playing politics. 

Dr. Anthony Fauci warned the coronavirus is going to get worse when he testified on Capitol Hill Wednesday morning

CDC Director Robert Redfield revealed there was a problem with the original test kits manufactured which set back production

At the top of the hearing, Chairwoman Rep. Carolyn Maloney announced their testimony would be cut short because President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence called an ’emergency meeting’ at the White House later today on the coronavirus.

She did not offer more details. 

When she ended the meeting at 11:35 a.m., the New York Democrat said: ‘I don’t know what is going on White House.’

She noted that the White House is telling journalists the meeting was scheduled yesterday.

However, she added: ‘Your staff said the White House did not tell them about this sudden meeting until this morning. There seems to be a great deal of confusion and lack of coordination at the White House.’

And two members of the committee – incoming White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows and Rep. Paul Gosar – were not present because they are self-quarantining after coming into contact with the person at CPAC who tested positive for coronavirus.  

Fauci offered his grim prognosis under questioning from Democratic lawmakers, who were critical over the lacking of testing kits available for the disease. 

‘My constituents are telling me they can’t get tested,’ Maloney told the witnesses. ‘South Korea can test more people in one day than we have tested in the past two months.’

South Korea has said it’s testing 10,000 people a day.  

‘Unfortunately when we look at the last three months objectively it is clear that strategic errors and a failure of leadership impaired our nation’s ability to respond to this outbreak. This in turn endangers us all,’ she said.

She asked Fauci: ‘Is the worst yet to come?’

‘Yes it is,’ he responded. 

He cited concerns about ‘community spread’ in his response. And he noted that how much worse it gets depends on two things: the ability of U.S. authorities to curtail the influx of travelers who may be bringing the disease into the country and the ability of states and communities to contain local outbreaks in this country. 

He also noted the United States is ‘going to have to rely on public health measures to contain this outbreak.’

Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Dr. Robert Redfield, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Robert Kadlec, assistant secretary of Health and Human Services for Preparedness and Response, Dr. Terry Rauch, acting deputy assistant secretary of defense for health readiness policy and oversight, and Chris Currie, director of emergency management and national preparedness at the Government Accountability Office, are sworn in before testifying at a House Oversight Committee

Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, and Dr. Robert Redfield, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, confer before testifying on Capitol Hill about the coronavirus

Medics transport a patient through heavy rain into an ambulance at Life Care Center of Kirkland, the long-term care facility linked to several confirmed coronavirus cases in the state, in Kirkland, Washington

And Redfield argued the CDC has put out 75,000 tests. He noted any health center can send a sample to the agency’s headquarters in Atlanta for testing and get the results in a couple of days.  

‘It’s not just for an individual to take a test, they need to see a medical professional and have an assessment,’ he said. 

He also revealed there was a problem with the first set of testing kits developed by the CDC which set back sending them out to health centers. He declined to provide details on what the problem was or what company had manufactured the problem kits. 

President Donald Trump has blamed federal regulations put in place by the Obama administration for the delay in testing.  

Republican Congressman Jim Jordan, a close ally of President Trump on Capitol Hill, defended the administration’s response and appealed for bipartisanship.

‘On this issue we should all work together for the health of every American. We should not play politics with coronavirus,’ he said. ‘He should all come together under President Trump’s leadership.’  

The total number of US deaths now stands at 31, with most of them coming from a Washington care home. 

The number of confirmed infections has also hit 1,039 on Wednesday morning, after 274 new cases were recorded across the country on Tuesday.

However experts believe that is likely an under-estimate and the true number could be in excess of 10,000.

The new deaths were confirmed as:

  • Google told all 100,000 of its US staff to work from home to prevent the spread of the virus
  • Washington’s governor was poised to announce a ban on gatherings of 250 people or more in Seattle
  • New York think-tank Council on Foreign Relations canceled a conference on coronavirus because of the virus
  • A team of US and Chinese researchers estimated that there could already be more than 10,000 cases of coronavirus in America, the majority of them undetected
  • Trump’s former pandemic adviser Tom Bossert warned ‘we are 10 days from hospitals getting creamed’
  • Dr. Marty Makary, of Johns Hopkins University, warned the situation in the US could easily get as bad as China
  • The Treasury said it could delay tax payments beyond the April 15 deadline to help businesses cope 

A woman in her 90s who was living in the Carlton Senior Living facility in Elk Grove, California, died on Monday after being infected with coronavirus, state health officials said on Tuesday

First responders in Kirkland, Washington State are seen on Tuesday after loading a patient into an ambulance at the Life Care Center in Kirkland – the nursing home that is at the center of the outbreak of the novel coronavirus

A man wears a face mask as he walks in front of a synagogue in New Rochelle on Tuesday. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo deployed the National Guard to the area after scores of cases of coronavirus were reported

Since the pandemic began last month, there have been at least 1,025 confirmed cases in more than 35 states, according to The New York Times.

However, researchers from Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles and Peking University in Beijing have published research suggesting that there could be as many as 9,000 additional cases that have gone undetected.

Want a coronavirus test? Well you CAN’T have one, health secretary says 

The United States Secretary of Health and Human Services has admitted that not everyone can be tested for coronavirus if they suspect they are infected.

Alex Azar revealed that there’s a surplus of testing kits, with 1.1 million already at labs across the country, and a million more on the way, during a coronavirus task force briefing in Washington DC on Tuesday.

Despite 4 million more tests due to be delivered by the end of the week, Alex Azar said Americans will only be able to find out whether they have contracted COVID-19 if a doctor gives the go-ahead.

‘There’s a false premise. Just because I as a person say I’d like to be tested for coronavirus, I can walk into a Minute Clinic and say ‘give me my test please’ – that’s not how diagnostic testing works in the United States or frankly anywhere else’, Azar said.

The United States Secretary of Health and Human Services has admitted that not everyone can be tested for coronavirus if they suspect they are infected.

Alex Azar revealed that there’s a surplus of testing kits, with 1.1 million already at labs across the country, and a million more on the way, during a coronavirus task force briefing in Washington DC on Tuesday.

Despite 4 million more tests due to be delivered by the end of the week, Alex Azar said Americans will only be able to find out whether they have contracted COVID-19 if a doctor gives the go-ahead.

‘There’s a false premise. Just because I as a person say I’d like to be tested for coronavirus, I can walk into a Minute Clinic and say ‘give me my test please’ – that’s not how diagnostic testing works in the United States or frankly anywhere else’, Azar said.

They believe a small group of around a dozen people likely passed undetected into the US in the early stages of the outbreak, before spreading it in their local communities.

Using the latest data available on the virus and plugging it into a computer to model how it might have spread, they believe that as of March 1 there could be as many as ten times the number of cases as has been reported.

That number will only have gone up since then, they warned. The research has yet to be peer-reviewed, meaning it is still in its early stages and the conclusion may change. 

Using disease modeling software to anticipate how the virus might have spread, they  

As of late Tuesday, at least 31 people have died – 24 in Washington State, three in California, two in Florida, and one death each in New Jersey and South Dakota.

More than 119,000 people have been infected by the coronavirus globally and over 4,200 have died in dozens of countries.

At least 10 long-term care facilities in the Seattle area have reported COVID-19 cases, with deaths at three of them – a worrying development as health officials have cautioned that the elderly and those with underlying conditions are especially at risk. 

Washington Governor Jay Inslee on Tuesday outlined a list of requirements for such centers aimed at stopping the worst coronavirus outbreak in the nation. 

A nursing home in Issaquah and another in Seattle each reported the death of a resident, bringing the total COVID-19 deaths in the state to at least 24. 

King County reported new cases were found in 10 long-term facilities where residents or staff or both have tested positive. 

The county reported an increase of 74 positive cases since Monday bringing the total to 190. 

Snohomish County said it had 54 confirmed cases. 

That brought the statewide total to more than 250, and Inslee said that number is likely much higher.

At a news conference Inslee also said the state is preparing for many more cases than have been reported, potentially tens of thousands, based on estimates of the spread of the disease.

‘If we assume there are 1,000 or more people who have the virus today….the number of people who are infected will double in five to eight days,’ Inslee said. 

‘If you do the math, it gets very disturbing.’

The state has experienced the worst outbreak of COVID-19 in the nation.

Passengers arrive at JFK Airport in New York after flying from Rome, Italy, on Tuesday

Passengers from the Princess Cruises Grand Princess cruise ship board a charter plane at Oakland International Airport on Tuesday

The Seattle area, which has been particularly hard hit by the coronavirus, is a virtual ghost town. The above photo shows Amazon headquarters in downtown Seattle on Tuesday

The Pike Place Market in downtown Seattle stands virtually empty of patrons on Tuesday

A Starbucks coffee shop sits mostly empty at Amazon headquarters in Seattle on Tuesday

A worker wears gloves while handling ballots from the Washington state primary election on Tuesday

Huntington Center is seen empty after Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders canceled his rally planned in Cleveland on Tuesday


Schools, houses of worship and large gathering places in the New York suburb that has the ‘largest cluster’ of coronavirus cases in the country will be shut down as the National Guard is being brought in to help stop the spread of the disease.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said on Tuesday that a one-mile containment area will be set up in New Rochelle in Westchester County where the main cluster of coronavirus have been reported. 

The area is the epicenter of of the state’s coronavirus outbreak and accounts for more than 100 of New York’s 173 confirmed cases. 

The radius centers around the Temple Young Israel of New Rochelle synagogue that was attended by the Manhattan attorney who has been linked to the outbreak in the area.  

The shutdown, which will begin on Thursday and last for two weeks, will effect all ‘major gathering places’ including schools and places of worship, Cuomo said.  

‘It is a dramatic action, but it is the largest cluster in the country. And this is literally a matter of life and death,’ Cuomo said. 

The announcement about the containment area came as New Jersey reported its first coronavirus death. It is the first fatality in the tri-state area. 


Westchester (including New Rochelle): 108

New York City: 36

Nassau: 19

Rockland: 6

Saratoga: 2

Suffolk: 1

Ulster: 1

Cuomo said he was calling in the National Guard to the containment area to assist with cleaning public spaces and to deliver food to homes where people are currently self-quarantined.  

Health officials said they are still trying to determine a full list of places that will be forced to close within the containment area. 

The schools that will close include New Rochelle High School, Albert Leonard Middle School and William B. Ward Elementary. 

The closures will not effect smaller businesses and grocery stores, officials said.

Cuomo said people will not be contained and residents are free to come and go with the one-mile radius.  

The state and a private health system, Northwell Health, are also setting up a testing facility in the area. 

New Rochelle is at the center of an outbreak of 108 cases in Westchester County, out of 173 statewide as of Tuesday. 

New York City has 36 cases, while its population is more than 100 times that of New Rochelle.

‘New Rochelle at this point is probably the largest cluster in the U.S. of these cases and it is a significant issue for us,’ Cuomo said. 

‘The numbers have been going up. The numbers continue to go up. The numbers are going up unabated. And we do need a special public health strategy for New Rochelle.’ 

New York Health Commissioner Dr Howard Zucker said officials were moving from a containment strategy to a mitigation strategy.

‘When you’re dealing with mitigation, you have to deal with the issues of social distancing and how people gather together and to try to minimize that.’ 

Cuomo said the decision was one made by Dr Zucker and other public health officials. 

‘It’s not a decision that I’m making. I’m accepting the recommendation of Dr. Zucker. In a situation like this, whether you’re president, mayor, governor, let the experts decide and let the science decide the situation,’ he said.  

Alarming clusters of the coronavirus swelled on both coasts of the U.S. on Tuesday, with more than 70 cases now tied to a biotech conference in Boston and infections turning up at 10 nursing homes in the hard-hit Seattle area.

Presidential candidates Bernie Sanders and Joe Biden abruptly canceled rallies because of worries about the virus, and New York’s governor announced he is sending the National Guard to scrub public places and deliver food in a New York City suburb that is at the center of the nation’s biggest known cluster of infections.

‘All hands on deck’: Virus will hit every state and people need to prepare, expert warns

Top national disease expert Anthony Fauci is urging the nation to take an ‘all hands on deck’ approach to the coronavirus – and urging officials to plan for immediate measures even in states that haven’t had cases show up yet.

‘It doesn’t matter if you’re in a state that has no cases or one case,’ Fauci said at a press briefing with Vice President Mike Pence Tuesday. ‘You have to start taking seriously what you can do now that if and when the infections will come – and they will come – sorry to say, sad to say, they will,’ he told reporters.

‘Everybody should say all hands on deck, this is what we need to do,’ said Fauci, a top expert on infectious diseases at the National Institutes of Health who has served in the government for decades.

‘Everybody should say all hands on deck, this is what we need to do,’ said Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, at a press briefing Tuesday

Fauci said coronavirus cases continue to add up globally, and said the administration was paying ‘paying particular attention to the cases in Europe, Italy and France.’ Italy is currently in a nation-wide lockdown for the disease, which first emerged in China.

‘This is not a surprise to anybody,’ he said, and pointed to tips and warnings on the new website.

Fauci wouldn’t now be appropriate for such measures as immediately closing U.S. schools as a way to try to contain the outbreak, even as individual schools in areas with outbreaks were closed for deep cleaning. But he warned: ‘Everything is on the table for consideration.’

‘So the idea that we’re not closing all – I mean i think for the country right now to say we’re going to close all the schools in the country, I don’t think would be appropriate. 

‘Would school closures be appropriate depending upon not whether you have already, the horse is out of the barn, but when you start to see we’re getting danger here so let’s do it?’

On Wednesday, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee will announce a ban on gatherings and events of more than 250 people in virtually the entire Seattle metro area to try to stop the spread of the outbreak, said a person involved in the planning of the decision. The ban would apply to sporting events like Seattle Mariners baseball and Seattle Sounders soccer games.

The order would not prohibit the operation of workplaces and is not expected to include school closures, said the person, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren’t authorized to discuss the matter publicly.

Santa Clara County in California, home to San Jose and Silicon Valley, on Monday announced a ban on all gatherings of 1,000 people or more.

Also in California, three Transportation Security Administration officers at Mineta San Jose International Airport have tested positive for COVID-19, the agency said Tuesday. They were receiving medical care and all TSA employees who had contact with them over the past 14 days are being quarantined at home, the agency said.

And amid criticism of the US authorities’ response, New York deployed the National Guard for the first time during the crisis to help contain the spread of the disease from an infection-hit suburb.

There have been 173 confirmed cases in New York state, including 108 in Westchester County, home to New Rochelle where the majority of infections have been detected.

‘It is a dramatic action, but it is the largest cluster in the country. This is literally a matter of life and death,’ said state governor Andrew Cuomo.

‘People are scared, it’s an unusual situation to be in,’ Miles Goldberg, who runs a New Rochelle bar, told AFP.

‘It makes people nervous to be around others, it makes people nervous to get inside into businesses and such,’ he said.

In the United States, organizers rescheduled the two-week Coachella music festival and its sister event, the Stagecoach festival, for October.

The virus and the response to the crisis has prompted pandemonium on global markets with volatility not seen since the world financial crisis in 2008.

After suffering its worst session in more than 11 years at the beginning of the week, the Dow Jones Index in New York bounced back significantly, rising five percent on Tuesday.

President Donald Trump, who is relying on a strong economy to boost his re-election hopes, promised to announce ‘major’ economic measures on Tuesday.

The biggest item on his wish list is a cut in payroll taxes.

But even allies in Congress and reportedly some aides in the White House are skeptical, questioning the cost.

The outbreak, which has already reshaped the professional sports landscape in Europe, prompted new restrictions to restrict fan access in the US on Tuesday, with major decisions looming about baseball’s opening day and college basketball’s NCAA Tournament.

College games will be played without fans in Ohio and California, and given restrictions on large gatherings there and elsewhere, more disruptions to the sports calendar appear inevitable.

The NCAA said it would ‘make decisions in the coming days’ about its men’s and women’s basketball tournaments after two conferences banned fans from their championships and another canceled its tournament altogether.

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker declared a state of emergency as cases statewide jumped by 51 from the day before, to 92. 

Of that number, 70 are now connected to a meeting held last month by biotech company Biogen at a hotel in downtown Boston.

Baker said the state of emergency will give him greater authority to take such actions as shutting down large events, gaining access to buildings or stockpiling protective gear.

The moves came as the battle to stop the virus from spreading intensified. More schools and universities sent students home, while conferences and other events were canceled. 

The United Nations announced it would close its New York headquarters to the public and suspend all tours. The Coachella music festival that draws tens of thousands to the California desert near Palm Springs every April was postponed until October. 

And one of the biggest resort operators in Las Vegas, MGM Resorts International, said it would close buffets at all of its Las Vegas Strip casinos as a precaution.

More than 1,400 passengers evacuated from Grand Princess cruise ship and taken to quarantine 

More than 1,400 passengers have been evacuated from the Grand Princess cruise ship harbored in Oakland amid fears they could have coronavirus after 21 people on board were diagnosed with the virus.

Four hundred people were taken off the boat on Monday after passing through medical tents to check for virus symptoms, before another 999 were evacuated Tuesday.

Of those taken off the boat, 240 Canadians and 140 Britons have been put on specially-chartered flights back home to start quarantine in their own countries.

Grand Princess cruise ship passengers being screened inside a tent Tuesday in Oakland before boarding a bus that will take them to a military base for quarantine. California Gov. Gavin Newsom hopes to have disembarked the ship within 72 hours

Passengers as they get ready to disembark the Grand Princess in Oakland on Tuesday

Meanwhile hundreds of Americans have been bussed off to military bases where they will stay for at least two weeks to wait out possible infections.   

That means 1,015 passengers and 1,113 crew remain on the ship, with more evacuations planned for Wednesday. 

Among those who disembarked Monday were two travelers who tested positive for the coronavirus on Friday. They were taken to the hospital alongside their travel companions.

Nineteen crew members also tested positive Friday but have been deemed ‘asymptomatic’ and remain on the ship in isolated cabins.

Addressing a news conference on Tuesday in Sacramento, the state capital, Governor Gavin Newsom said he hoped to finish getting all the roughly 2,400 passengers off the ship within 72 hours.

On Tuesday night, 142 Britons were flown back to the United Kingdom but will not be placed into quarantine.

Instead, they will be asked to self-isolate at home and told to only get in touch with the NHS if they fall ill – despite the fact infect patients are highly contagious a week before showing symptoms.

They are expected to land back in the UK on Wednesday morning

Luggage belonging to UK passengers from the Princess Cruises Grand Princess cruise ship is loaded onto a charter plane at Oakland International Airport on Tuesday as American passengers are brought to military bases for quarantine

240 Canadian passengers were evacuated Monday and boarded a specially-chartered evacuation flight home (pictured arriving at Canadian Forces Base Trenton, Ontario) where they will also be quarantined

A top federal health official pointed to Europe, rather than the virus’ point of origin in China, as the likely source for the infection’s continued spread to the U.S.

‘Right now the epicenter — the new China — is Europe,’ Robert Redfield, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said on Capitol Hill. 

‘And there’s a lot of people coming back and forth from Europe that are now starting to seed these communities.’

Authorities in Washington state reported two new deaths from the virus — a man and woman, both in their 80s, who were residents of a nursing home and a senior center. 

Of the 24 deaths in the state, 19 have been tied to a single nursing home, Life Care Center of Kirkland. But the state officials said they are now working with 10 nursing facilities where residents or workers have been tested positive.

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee announced new nursing-home rules that would limit visitors and subject health care workers to screening.

Similarly, in Kentucky, Gov. Andy Beshear said state-run nursing homes will severely restrict visitors, with private operators strongly urged to follow suit. Six cases have been diagnosed in the state.

The decisions by both Democratic presidential candidates to call off rallies in Cleveland came as voters headed to the polls for a primary election in neighboring Michigan.

‘We are heeding the public warnings from Ohio state officials, who have communicated concern about holding large, indoor events during the coronavirus outbreak,’ Sanders campaign spokesman Mike Casca said in a statement. ‘All future Bernie 2020 events will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.’

‘Handshake Free zone’ warning is seen in a booth as a precaution against coronavirus at Satellite 2020 Exhibition in Washington, DC

Kirkland Fire and Rescue ambulance workers take a resident from the Washington care home blighted by a coronavirus outbreak to hospital 

Boxes of gloves and a container of disinfecting wipes are staged near where workers handle ballots from the Washington state primary election

For most people, the virus causes only mild or moderate symptoms such as fever and cough. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia. Most people recover in a matter of weeks, as has happened with three-quarters of those infected in China.

On Wall Street, stocks surged Tuesday after suffering staggering losses the day before, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average gaining more than 1,100 points on hopes the Trump administration would take steps to cushion the economy from the damage caused by the outbreak.

In Oakland, California, thousands of restless passengers who have been stuck aboard a cruise ship hit by the coronavirus waited their turn to get off the vessel and go to U.S. military bases or back to their home countries for two weeks of quarantine.

‘I’m bored and frustrated,’ said Carolyn Wright, 63, of Santa Fe, New Mexico. ‘All of a sudden a two-week vacation has turned into a five-week vacation.’

After being forced to idle for days off the California coast, the ship docked Monday in Oakland with about 3,500 passengers and crew, including at least 21 who tested positive for the virus. Authorities said foreign passengers would be flown home, while Americans would be flown or bused to military bases in California, Texas and Georgia.

About 1,100 crew members, 19 of whom tested positive for the virus, will be quarantined and treated aboard the ship, which will dock elsewhere after passengers are unloaded, Gov. Gavin Newsom said.


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