“Looking at what we’re seeing now, I would say between 100,000 and 200,000 [deaths] … I mean, we’re going to have millions of cases,” he said on CNN’s “State of the Union.”
Still, Fauci cautioned that the numbers based on different models are a “moving target.”
He said the models are based on “assumptions” and give a “worst-case scenario and a best-case scenario.”
“Generally, the reality is somewhere in the middle. I have never seen a model of the diseases that I have dealt where the worst-case scenario actually came out. They always overshoot,” Fauci said.
“So, when you use numbers like a million, a million-and-a-half, two million, that almost certainly is off the chart. Now, it’s not impossible, but very, very unlikely.”
The coronavirus pandemic, which initially began in China in December, has rapidly spread around the globe.
There are 685,623 cases around the world and 124,763 in the US, according to Johns Hopkins University.