Donald Trump says he expects the total number of COVID-19 deaths in the United States to be below 100,000.
Even that, he acknowledged on Friday, is a “horrible number”.
Trump’s expected U.S. Death toll predictions have changed over time, and he has repeatedly used high estimates to ensure that his administration’s actions, particularly his decision to restrict travel from China, have led to people’s suffering. Have saved lives.
Their actions challenged by the state, local, and public health officials who have complained about the lack of test supplies and safety gear for doctors and nurses.
On March 29, the coordinator of the White House Coronovirus Task Force, Drs. Deborah Birks revealed that the models estimate the deaths of 100,000 to 240,000 Americans, believing that efforts to remove social were ongoing. At the same time, she stated that the epidemiological model initially identified 1.5 million to 2.2 million U.S. Had predicted the worst case of death, with social disturbances, hand washing, and deaths without mitigation efforts to stay home as long as possible.
Shortly thereafter, Trump began to estimate that the figure of 100,000 was an outer limit. Later, he leaned more towards the launch of 60,000 but has now been eclipsed due to the current death of over 64,000. On Monday, he was thinking 60,000 or 70,000.
At a White House event on Friday, Trump said that “probably the lives of millions” saved by shutting down the economy.