Three days of data from New York seem to show a slowdown in the number of coronavirus hospitalizations and admissions to intensive care, Dr. Anthony Fauci said at Monday's White House briefing on the pandemic.
The numbers could be indicative of a "turnaround" in New York, Fauci said, adding that with continued social distancing and adherence to other guidelines from the federal government, other major metropolitan areas in the United States might avoid the high number of cases New York has seen.
"Everybody who knows me knows that I am very conservative about making projections, but those are the kind of good signs that you look for," Fauci said. "That's the first thing you see when you start to see the turnaround."
Dr. Deborah Birx cautioned that the lower numbers may be coming out due to difficulty in getting reliable numbers over the weekend.
"Sometimes case reporting is not as accurate over the weekend, so we'll be watching closely today's numbers and Tuesday's numbers," she said.