Fauci said the US must limit the influx of the virus from abroad and take steps to contain it domestically, including by restricting large gatherings such as sporting events.
He said a vaccine is still at least a year away. Responding to questions, Fauci said he couldn’t give a precise estimate of how many people in the US might get infected.
“It is going to be totally dependent on how we respond to it, so I can’t give you a number,” Fauci said.
“If we are complacent and don’t do really aggressive containment and mitigation, the number could be way up and be involved in many, many millions. But if we sought to contain, we could mitigate it.”
The US now has more than 1,100 cases of confirmed infection by the COVID-19 virus according to a Johns Hopkins University tally, which also shows 29 deaths in the country.