Former Trump FDA Chief Says There Could be 300k Covid Deaths by Year’s End
Since the Coronavirus pandemic reached the United States, Donald Trump has mostly wished it away. The President has repeatedly said that, like magic, the virus would just disappear. Over the last week, Trump has shown a willingness to take COVID-19 a little more seriously.
The damage, however, has largely been done. The illness has been surging in the South and Southwestern part of the country. Dr. Scott Gottlieb, who previously served as the head of the Food and Drug Administration, says the death toll could potentially get much worse.
Dr. Gottleib served as Donald Trump’s FDA chief for nearly two years. He was asked about the pandemic during a recent appearance on CNBC’s Squawk Box.
“In the United States, probably by the end of the year we could have upwards of 300,000 if we continue on the current trajectory,” the Doctor said. “Right now we have close to 1,000 casualties a day; so if we don’t change that trajectory, you could do the math and see where we are towards the end of the year.”
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Gottlieb continued, “Even if we end up preserving more life in the hospital, which we’re doing, if we end up hospitalizing a whole lot more patients, you’re ultimately going to have a lot of casualties, unfortunately, from this virus.”
Donald Trump also alluded to this possibility during his Monday afternoon press briefing. He admitted things will, “get worse before it gets better.” He added, “That’s something I don’t like saying about things, but that’s the way it is, it’s what we have.”