The new coronavirus outbreak may result in the deaths of over 1 million Americans, though the ultimate toll can still vary significantly depending on efforts taken by the U.S. government and public, says television host and heart surgeon Mehmet Oz, also known as Dr. Oz.
“We could lose more than a million Americans to the virus,” says Oz, in a newly released interview on Influencers with Andy Serwer, taped on Monday. “Now that’s not written in stone. We can change that reality.”
As of Friday morning, there were 14,250 confirmed cases of the coronavirus in the U.S., resulting in roughly 200 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University. The number of people with the disease in the U.S. has grown dramatically since March 1, when there were roughly 100 confirmed cases.
Despite the worrying trend, the range of possible outcomes is vast, Oz said, pointing to the stark contrast in the spread of the disease in South Korea and Italy.
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