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  • “The sheer fact that we’re going to be infecting so many people right now is probably going to mean that the death tolls get well above 1,000 for a sustained period of time,” Former U.S. Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb told CNBC’s “Squawk Box” Tuesday.
  • Outbreaks are on the rise in most states, with some states reporting record hospitalizations.
  • Gottlieb previously warned the country would cross 100,000 infections per day in the next couple of weeks or sooner.

The U.S. could begin seeing more than 1,000 coronavirus deaths per day for a “sustained period of time,” the former head of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said Tuesday. 

“We’re probably going to see significant spread across the entire United States in a confluent epidemic that we’re much better prepared to deal with, so I don’t think that we’re going to see the excess death that we saw with the first wave of this pandemic when it struck New York,” Scott Gottlieb told CNBC’sSquawk Box.” 


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“But the sheer fact that we’re going to be infecting so many people right now is probably going to mean that the death tolls get well above 1,000 for a sustained period of time,” Gottlieb said. 

The public health expert told the news outlet that the next several months could be “the last acute phase of this pandemic” and predicted the U.S. could be in a better coronavirus situation next year. He said cases will likely peak by the time a new president is inaugurated in January. 

Currently, the U.S. is averaging more than 83,000 new cases per day and more than 830 deaths, according to The COVID Tracking Project. The number of daily deaths is still far lower than the peak daily death toll in the spring when the U.S. was averaging more than 2,000 deaths. 

Outbreaks are on the rise in most states, with some states reporting record hospitalizations. The U.S. on Friday reported more than 99,000 new cases — a record peak of confirmed infections in a single day. Gottlieb previously warned the country would cross 100,000 infections per day in the next couple of weeks or sooner. 

Earlier this week, the former FDA commissioner warned that the Thanksgiving holiday could be the “inflection point” of a dangerous surge in cases that has already kicked off. He said the country is right at the beginning of “what looks like exponential growth” in the Midwest and Great Lakes region.


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Published on Nov 03, 2020