Infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci said Thursday he would have been “shocked” a year ago by the astronomical 530,000 American lives now lost to COVID-19. He blamed unnecessary deaths on the dangerous political “divisiveness” in the nation and “mixed messages” from the Trump administration.
Fauci warned at a House Oversight and Reform Committee hearing a year ago that the COVID-19 situation would get “much worse” before it improved — but he had no idea how dire it would become, he told Savannah Guthrie on NBC’s “Today” show.
“It was March 11, 2020, I said that, but I did not in my mind think that ‘much worse’ was going to be 525,000 deaths,” Fauci revealed. Had he known the toll a year ago, it “would have shocked me completely,” he added.