As President Trump and Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of NIAID gave a press conference at the White House, where they discussed further plans for quarantine and where the country is on the economy. One of the primary concerns for reporters asking them questions was what they thought the death toll would be. Dr. Fauci did agree that the death toll could top 100,000 Americans.
The University of Washington warns the virus will reach it’s peak in two weeks and ending with 152,000 people dead across the country. Their model takes into account the current social distancing guidelines. Some models presented to the President showed the number of dead could rise above 240,000, with others saying it could be as low as 84,000. President Trump has authorized each state’s governor to enact their own guidelines for fighting the virus, he has been providing the relief to those who request it.
Airlines have threatened to stop flights, amid the crisis. They were quickly reminded that they are not eligible for relief money if they stop flying, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has issued a statement to Americans abroad, that it is time to come home. “We do not know how long the commercial flights in your countries may continue to operate,” he said. “We can’t guarantee the U.S. government’s ability to arrange charter flights indefinitely where commercial options no longer exist.”
Written by Stephan Ball