WATCH: Dr. Fauci Says COVID Death Toll “Almost Certainly Higher” Than 80k
The first recorded American death from the Coronavirus came in early February of this year. Since then, experts have wanted that the death toll could rise to 250,000. At one point in April, the Trump Administration lowered the estimate down to 60,000.
The country blew past that estimate and now stands at over 80,000 deaths. Or possibly more. During Tuesday’s Senate hearing, Dr. Anthony Fauci said the the number of US COVID deaths is “almost certainly” higher than 80,000.
Bernie Sanders asked the Doctor, “The official statistic, Dr. Fauci, is that 80,000 Americans have died from the pandemic. There are some epidemiologists that suggest it’s maybe 50% higher than that. What do you think?”
”I’m not sure Senator Sanders,” Fauci replied, “if it’s going to be 50 percent higher, but most of us feel the number of deaths are likely higher than that number.”
”Because, given the situation, particularly in New York City, when they were really strapped with a very serious challenge to their healthcare system, that there might have been people who died at home, who did have COVID, who were not counted as COVID.”
Fauci closed, “So the direct answer to your question, I think you are correct. The number is likely higher. I don’t know what percent higher. But almost certainly higher.”
Watch a clip of the exchange between Sanders and Fauci below:
An important reminder that the reported U.S. death toll from Covid-19, 80,897, is an undercount:
"Most of us feel that the # of deaths are likely higher" than 80,000, Dr. Fauci says. "It almost certainly is higher." pic.twitter.com/wlzkCknwn8
— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) May 12, 2020