Dr. Tom Frieden, former director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, told Axios Health he thinks another 20,000 people could die from Covid-19 within the next month.
The stark estimate is based on the current number of cases in the US, he told the website.
Frieden said the CDC has been regulated to the backseat during this pandemic.
"The whole US response has not been informed by public health since February," he said. "It's been very hard to know how decisions are made."
Jennifer Nuzzo, an epidemiologist at Johns Hopkins University told Axios, "I think people think we've come out of something," but in reality, she said, "we hit pause, and now we're hitting play, and we don't know what the next song's going to be.”