Coronavirus BRIEFING

Can We Prevent the Next 5 Million COVID Cases?

The U.S. just sailed past the 5 million mark for confirmed cases of COVID-19. The coronavirus continues to spread in dozens of states. And Americans who’ve spent the last 4 months in various stages of lockdown are frustrated and exhausted.

“Where we are is the worst possible place right now,” says Jeffrey Shaman, PhD, a professor of environmental health sciences at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. “Unless we develop the collective will without the leadership of the federal government to control this, we're really in for a rough ride.”

Former FDA commissioner Scott Gottlieb, MD, says we could see 300,000 deaths by the end of 2020. “Right now, we have close to 1,000 casualties a day; so if we don’t change that trajectory, you could do the math and see where we are towards the end of the year,” he told CNBC.

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