Dr. Birx, a member of the White House task force, predicted that the number of coronavirus deaths and hospitalizations will decline “dramatically” by the end of May.
“We believe that both the hospitalizations, the ICU need, and frankly, the number of people who have succumbed to this disease will be dramatically decreased by the end of May,” Birx said Saturday on Fox News’ “Watters World.”
“The cases are a different issue because now, as we’re expanding more and more testing and – remember, our testing was very much prioritized to people who really needed it for decision-making to people who were in the hospital, people who were sick, frontline responders and nurses,” Birx said.
“As we expand testing more and more into the greater community with much less symptoms, we’ll see cases — and additional cases but we believe that those will be identifying the cases that may have been and are currently circulating in the community, but maybe in that more asymptomatic or very mild state that we really want to understand,” she continued.
According to Johns Hopkins University, there are more than 939,000 Coronavirus cases in the US.
Her comments come as a number of states have begun to relax lockdown guidelines to allow some businesses to reopen.
Protests have broken out in many states urging governors to open their economies, but some health officials warn that without ramped up testing, easing the guidelines could lead to a second wave of coronavirus cases across the country.
More than 26 million Americans have filed for unemployment benefits in the past five weeks.