“We think hospitalizations, intensive care need, and frankly, the number of people who have died from this disease will be dramatically reduced by the end of May,” Birx said on Watters World on Saturday.
“Cases are a different problem because now, as we develop more and more tests and – remember, our tests were very high priority for the people who really needed it for decision making, for the people who were in the hospital, people who were sick, frontline workers and nurses, ”said Birx.
“As we expand more and more tests in the larger community with far fewer symptoms, we will see cases – and additional cases, but we think these will identify the cases that have been and are currently circulating in the community, but perhaps in this more asymptomatic or very mild state that we really want to understand, ”she continued.
According to Johns Hopkins University, there are more than 939,000 cases in the United States.
His comments come as a number of states have started to loosen the lockdown guidelines to allow some companies to reopen.
Protests have erupted in many states urging governors to open their economies, but some health officials warn that without more testing, loosening of guidelines could lead to a second wave of coronavirus cases across the country.
More than 26 million Americans have filed for unemployment in the past five weeks.