Washington – Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Anthony Fauci said on Tuesday many experts believe more people in the US have died from Covid-19 that those who have been reported.
“Most of us feel that the number of deaths is likely higher than that number,” Fauci told a Senate hearing.
“Given the situation, particularly in New York City, when they were really strapped with a serious challenge to their health care system, that there may have been people who died at home… who are not counted as it because they never really got to the hospital,” he said.
He added that he was not sure “exactly what percent higher” the real death toll could be. He also warned that if states disregard Covid-19 guidelines for safe reopening, those actions could “turn the clock back” on stemming the tide of coronavirus infections.
“We run the risk of having a resurgence. I would not hope by that point in time in the fall that we have more than enough to respond adequately, but if we don’t, there will be problems,” said Fauci.