The United States’ top infectious disease doctor said on Saturday (May 9) it was highly likely officials have been undercounting the number of fatalities from COVD-19 after a new report from the University of Washington estimated the death toll was nearly double.
The analysis by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation pegs the U.S. death toll at more than 900,000. The CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Wednesday (May 5) put its latest official estimate at 575,491 deaths in the United States due to the novel coronavirus.
“It s very likely that we’re undercounting, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the Director Of The National Institute Of Allergy And Infectious Diseases said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”
He did note that the University of Washington’s 900,000 number was “a bit more than I would have thought the undercounting was.”
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