An American university don has predicted that a whopping 480,000 Americans are expected to die of the prevailing global disease, Coronavirus COVID-19.
In a leaked academic presentation, Prof. James Lawler of the Nebraska University Medical Center projected that 4.8million people will be hospitalized and 96 million people will be infected.
The presentation was on the AHA webinar titled: “What Healthcare Leaders Need to Know: Preparing for the Covid-19” delivered to the closed circuit medical academicians but just leaked to the media.
Prof. Lawler opined that people with heart conditions have a one in ten chances of dying from the Coronavirus disease compared to less than one in a 100 among healthy individuals.
He stated that his findings show that the spread of the deadly disease could be far worse than officials claim with the crisis ten times greater than a severe flu season.
The shock figures fly in the face of claims made by President Donald Trump who has maintained on many occasions that the risk to America is ‘’low”.
President Trump signed a bill to spend $8.3b to tackle the crisis only on Friday.
America has about 300 cases and 17 confirmed deaths after Florida confirmed its first two deaths.
A Publication, Business Insider, said a Spokesman for Nebraska Medical Center told them the figures represent the views of Prof. Lawler and “his interpretation of data available” believing that the forecast will change as soon as more information becomes available.
The Dallas Morning News Saturday reported that at least 100 people are reporting to the Dallas County Health Department to be monitored and quarantined for possible Coronavirus.
- By Eniola Olatunji.