Dr. Anthony Fauci on Sunday corrected President Donald Trump’s false claims that the U.S. coronavirus death toll is “exaggerated.”
During an interview on NBC’s Meet the Press, Fauci pushed back at Trump’s claim and insisted that “The numbers are real. We have well over 300,000 deaths, we are averaging two-to-three thousand deaths per day.”
Addressing host Chuck Todd, Fauci said, “All you need to do, Chuck, is to go into the trenches, go into the hospitals, go into the intensive care units and see what is happening. Those are real numbers, real people and real deaths.”
Earlier, President Trump claimed that the death toll numbers have been hyped up.
He tweeted, “The number of cases and deaths of the China Virus is far exaggerated in the United States because of [The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s] ridiculous method of determination compared to other countries, many of whom report, purposely, very inaccurately and low.”
Trump added, “Something how Dr. Fauci is revered by the LameStream Media as such a great professional, having done, they say, such an incredible job, yet he works for me and the Trump Administration, and I am in no way given any credit for my work. Gee, could this just be more Fake News?”
Fox News reported Sunday that the coronavirus death toll in the United States surpassed 350,000. What’s worse is that experts anticipate another surge in cases and fatalities stemming from Christmas and New Year’s holiday gatherings.
Johns Hopkins University shows that more than 20 million people in the country have been infected.
Fauci reiterated that the pandemic “could and likely will get worse in the next couple of weeks,” or “at least maintain this terribly high level of infections and deaths” in the coming weeks as America feels the full effects of travel during the Christmas holiday.
“This is what happens. It’s terrible, it’s unfortunate, but it was predictable,” he said.
“Rather than sit back and throw up our hands and say, ‘oh my goodness, it’s getting worse,’ we need to double down on some of the fundamental things that we talk about all the time — the uniform wearing of masks, the physical distancing and the avoiding of congregate settings and crowds, particularly indoors.”
“No excuses, we are not where we want to be. But hopefully, we’ll pick up some momentum and get back to where we want to be in regard to getting it into people’s arms,” Fauci concluded.