“I want people to assume that I’m over- or that we are overreacting,” Fauci said, “because if it looks like you’re overreacting, you’re probably doing the right thing.”With the number of infections appearing to level off in New York, the state at the U.S. epicenter of the pandemic, there has been an increasing focus on precisely that question: Did we go too far? On Wednesday, those posing the query got new ammunition when a leading model of the possible effects of the pandemic scaled back its estimate of the number of deaths that might be caused by covid-19, the disease caused by the virus. Last week, the model from the University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation predicted more than 90,000 deaths by August. The new estimate has the figure closer to 60,000.Brian Kilmeade, a host on Fox News’s morning show “Fox & Friends,” used that revision to argue that the distancing measures currently in effect are unnecessary. He compared the new data from the IHME to the upper level of predicted deaths offered by the White House last week.“The fact is when somebody says, ’200,000 people die — oops, I mean 60,000. And it’s not going to


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