Johns Hopkins University’s medical professor Dr. Marty Makary has urged the people of the United states not to believe low numbers of confirmed coronavirus cases in the country.
He warned the Americans that the actual number of people walking around with the virus could be “between 50,000 and half a million.
Dr. Marty further said that he believes the number of coronavirus cases is much higher than the 1,600 confirmed cases and 41 deaths that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reported.
“Don’t believe the numbers when you see, even on our Johns Hopkins website, that 1,600 Americans have the virus,” Makary said. “No, that means 1,600 got the test, tested positive. There are probably 25 to 50 people who have the virus for every one person who is confirmed.”
“We only have 100,000 ICU beds in the United States. We could see 200,000 new patients that need critical care up to 2 million,” he said.
Yesterday, U.S. President Donald Trump held a press conference in which he declared national emergency in the United States over coronavirus and called on hospitals to activate emergency plans.
while adressing Trump said “I am declaring a national emergency. Two very big words.”
He further stated the move will allow the US to “unlock” its full capabilities in combatting the spread of the Wuhan coronavirus.
Trump added that he does not want everyone getting tested for coronavirus, while seeking to insist such testing would rapidly be available for those who required it.