Dr Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told a House Energy and Commerce Committee that ‘the virus is not going to disappear’ [Kevin Dietsch/Pool via Reuters]

US officials believe as many as 20 million Americans have contracted the coronavirus, suggesting millions had the virus and they never knew it.

That is nearly 10 times as many infections as the 2.3 million cases that have been confirmed and comes as the Trump administration works to tamp down nationwide concern about the COVID-19 pandemic as about a dozen states are seeing a worrisome increase in cases.

The administration also looks to get its scientific experts back before the public more as it tries to allay anxieties about the pandemic

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