Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told CNN's Jake Tapper Sunday on "State of the Union" that while models predict that up to 200,000 Americans could die from the coronavirus pandemic, they are still only models.
"There are things called models, and when someone creates a model, they put in various assumptions. And the model is only as good and as accurate as your assumptions," he said. "And whenever the modelers come in, they give a worst-case scenario and a best-case scenario. Generally, the reality is somewhere in the middle. I've never seen a model of the diseases that I've dealt with where the worst-case scenario actually came out. They always overshoot."