Gottlieb says U.S. 'right back where we were' at earlier virus peak
Scott Gottlieb, former FDA commissioner. He's on regularly. On CNBC during the weekdays and usually on CBS's phase, the Nation. On the weekends. They asked him about the overall status of where we are right now. Around the United States. Here's doctor got leave on CBS earlier today. Well, I think right now we're where we were when New York City was having its peak epidemic. If you look back in New York City Peak, we had about 34,000 cases a day. At the time. We were probably diagnosing one in 20 infections, so that meant we were having 700,000 new infections a day. Right now, We're gonna have about 60,000 infections a day this week. Maybe we'll reach 75,000 or get close to it. We're probably diagnosing one in 12 infection, CDC said one in 10 a few weeks ago. It's probably one in 12 now because we're falling behind. That means we have about 700,000 infections and day nationally. So we're right back where we were at the peak of the epidemic during the New York outbreak, the difference now Is that we really have one epicenter of spread when New York was going through its hardship. Now we really have four major happy centers have spread Los Angeles cities in Texas cities in Florida, Arizona and Florida looks to be in the worst shape and George is heating up a CZ well, and that's concerning And as I mentioned at the top of the show this remark by President Trump This weekend, about 99% of the corona virus cases. Are harmless. Everybody on the talk show circuit this morning was getting asked about that, including Dr Gottlieb. Here's what he had to say. About President Trump's remarks. Well, I'm not really sure what he's referring to. He might be referring to the number of people who get hospitalized based on a number of people who get infected, which is probably less than 5% when you count all the asymptomatic infection and infection, young people that might not be getting diagnosed. But certainly more than 1% of people get serious illness from this. About 60% of people who get infected become symptomatic. About 10 to 15% of them will develop some form of covert pneumonia and somewhere around 2 to 5% might get hospitalized, depending on what age mixes of of the people who are getting infected, so this is still a pretty bad virus.