British Study Forecasting 2 Million U.S. Deaths This Year Prompted Trump to Ramp Up Coronavirus Precautions

Tuesday, March 17, 2020
By Paul Martin

By Kristinn Taylor
Published March 17, 2020

A study by Imperial College scientists in Britain forecasting 2.2 million deaths in the United States this year from the COVID-19 Wuhan coronavirus prompted President Trump to dramatically ramp up precautions and warnings the past few days. Even if the recommendations in the report are adhered to, the study finds that one million in the U.S. could still die and hospitals would be overwhelmed. The study also focused on the United Kingdom, forecasting the virus would kill 550,000 British if not adequately addressed. The death rate is forecast to peak during spring and early summer at varying levels depending on the success of mitigation efforts.

Imperial College COVID-19 Response Team graphs.

There is a reason dear Gateway Pundit readers–from this writer’s perspective (I have been reporting on the virus since January)– why this virus is being taken so seriously by infectious disease experts and governments around the world. It is because this is a new dangerous, deadly virus that has shown an ability to inflict mass death and suffering in a short period of time that cripples the abilities of hospitals to care for all patients if not contained. There is no cure, there is no vaccine and there are only a few experimental treatments. This is not being exaggerated or hyped. Wuhan, Qom and Lombardy are real world examples in real time of what happens when the spread of the virus is not mitigated in time.

The change in President Trump’s demeanor the past few days shows he has been briefed on the study. For all his efforts to be positive about the fight against the virus that have turned out to be overly optimistic, Trump is also a realist and has been acting since January to prepare the nation for this potential worst case scenario. Trump’s actions have bought the U.S. valuable time and has put us on a better footing than Europe.

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