‘The new normal’: Ex-FDA chief warns U.S. may not be able to lower coronavirus infection rate

Ok, great. So we can end the lockdowns and all get back to work then, eh?

Fear-pornagraphers and panic-promoters are speed balling. Every day the sky is falling bigger and badder.

‘The new normal’: Ex-FDA chief warns U.S. may not be able to lower coronavirus infection rate

“The most likely scenario is that cases go up, not down,” Gottlieb said.
By Rebecca Shabad,
WASHINGTON — As states begin to reopen their economies, former Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb warned Tuesday that the U.S. might not be able to lower transmission of the coronavirus much more than the current rate, which has resulted in about 30,000 new cases a day.

“I think that we need to understand this may be the new normal,” Gottlieb said in an interview with Savannah Guthrie on NBC’s “TODAY” show. “We may not be able to get transmission down much more. I hope we can.”

The U.S. is still experiencing a “high level of infection,” Gottlieb said, and has been on a sustained plateau for about 30 days, with about 30,000 new COVID-19 cases a day and sometimes 2,000 deaths per day. While he said New York has seen a sustained decline in cases, they are increasing around the rest of the country.

“There’s about 20 states where cases are going up on a daily basis, and so are hospitalizations,” he said.

Gottlieb’s comments come as some states are permitting businesses to reopen and after a new Trump administration report obtained by The New York Times projected that deaths from the coronavirus could reach 3,000 a day on June 1. The document said that the administration’s forecast could reach 200,000 new COVID-19 cases a day by the end of the month.

“Modeling is imprecise and that’s why we shouldn’t put stock in any one model,” Gottlieb said Tuesday. “It’s not like forecasting the weather where you make a prediction and then you see what happens. You make these predictions and then you take actions based on those predictions.”

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