President Donald Trump has warned Americans to brace for a “hell of a bad two weeks” amid White House projections of between 100,000 to 240,000 coronavirus deaths in the US even if social distancing guidelines are maintained.
Public health officials stressed the shocking number could be less if people across the country were diligent in keeping their distance from one another.
“We really believe we can do a lot better than that,” said Dr. Deborah Birx, the coordinator of the White House coronavirus task force, adding Americans needed to take seriously their role in preventing the spread of disease.
Dr Anthony Fauci, the government’s top infectious disease expert, added: “This is a number that we need to anticipate, but we don’t necessarily have to accept it as being inevitable.”
Mr Trump said it was “a matter of life and death” for Americans to heed his administration’s guidelines.
But he predicted