The worst predictions about Coronavirus’s spread aren’t possible, according to top doc Dr. Deborah Birx.
Birx, who leads the White House task force on Coronavirus, told reporters at the White House that the most alarming models simply shouldn’t be believed.
Birx singled out an influential study from the United Kingdom which predicted 500,000 Brits would die. That model has since been revised to predict just 20,000 would.
“When people start talking about 20 percent of a population getting infected, it is very scary but we don’t have data that matches that based on the experience,” Birx said.
“There’s no … reality on the ground where we can see that 60 to 70 percent of Americans are going to get infected in the next eight to 12 weeks,” she added.
Birx also added that outside of a few pockets of the country–most notably, New York City–Coronavirus infections remain low, even as officials ramp up testing.
19 states have fewer than 200 cases, Birx said.
“That’s almost 40 percent of the country with extraordinarily low numbers and they are testing,” Birx said.
She also cautioned that negative media stories about hospital bed shortages are also inaccurate.
“There is no situation in the United States right now that warrants that kind of discussion,” Birx said. “We don’t have any evidence of that right now.”
The United States has recently surpassed China as the country with the most Coronavirus infections, though China has frequently been accused of misreporting and downplaying their numbers.