Dr. Scott Gottlieb: U.S. coronavirus deaths could reach 300,000 by year-end if trends continue

Dr. Scott Gottlieb told CNBC on Wednesday that the U.S. may have around 300,000 deaths from the coronavirus by year-end if current trends were to persist. That would be more than double the current total.

He said that “Right now we have close to 1,000 casualties a day; so if we don’t change that trajectory, you could do the math.” Most models for U.S. infections and deaths usually look forecast out a few months, but even some of those are close to 200,000 deaths in September.

“The problem is we’re hospitalizing a lot of patients.” He added, “Even if we end up preserving more life in the hospital, which we’re doing, if we end up hospitalizing a whole lot more patients, you’re ultimately going to have a lot of casualties, unfortunately, from this virus.”