Dr. Anthony Fauci, the administration’s top infectious disease expert, has said the death count is almost certainly higher and that a second wave is inevitable. President Donald Trump is adamant the country will not close again.
Birx on Sunday said each case and death is very important to understand. Counting the numbers during the early part of an epidemic was challenging, she said, but, “We’ve been very inclusive.” She added that officials are preparing for a second wave, though she can’t say whether the country will need to close down. Birx pointed to a need for better, proactive testing.
“You know, we act like we’ve actually done this before, and besides 1918 and 1919, we’ve not ever closed parts of America. And even then, the whole country wasn’t closed,” Birx said speaking of the Spanish Flu pandemic.
“I really am data-driven, so I’m collecting data right now about whether governors and whether states and whether communities are able to open safely.”