Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s leading expert on infectious diseases, told the Senate Health Committee on Tuesday that the true death toll than what has been reported so far and cautioned Americans that going back to normal life too soon could lead to major spikes in cases.

“I don’t know the exact precent that it’s higher, but certainly, it’s higher,” Fauci said of the death toll in response to a question from Sen. (I-Vt.).

“If you think we have it completely under control, we don’t,” he said later, contradicting ’s previous assertion that the virus is “.” Failing to respond “in an adequate way” would “without a doubt” result in a resurgence of the virus in the fall, Fauci said. 

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