Fauci says coronavirus deaths in US could top 100,000

Dr. Anthony Fauci from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases was on "Meet the Press" Sunday, March 15, 2020. (Courtesy NBC)

WASHINGTON (AP/TEGNA) - As the White House looks for ways to restore normalcy in parts of the U.S., the government's foremost infection disease expert has a sober prognosis.

Dr. Anthony Fauci tells CNN that the country could experience more than 100,000 deaths and millions of infections from the coronavirus pandemic.

He says the pandemic is such a “moving target” that it's hard to pin down such a forecast.

Fauci was speaking to CNN’s “State of the Union” as the federal government is discussing rolling back guidelines on social distancing in areas that have not been hard-hit by the outbreak.

Fauci says he would only support the rollback in lesser-impacted areas if there is enhanced availability of testing in place to monitor those areas.

He acknowledged “it’s a little iffy there” right now.