Dr. Anthony Fauci, an infectious disease expert and member of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, confirmed Wednesday that the worst is “yet to come” for the country as Coronavirus continues to spread. Fauci made the statement during a House Committee on Oversight and Reform hearing on “Coronavirus Preparedness and Response” when he was asked by Chairwoman Carolyn Maloney, D-NY, ‘Is the worst yet to come?’

Dr. Fauci responded: “Yes, it is.”

“Whenever you have an outbreak that you can start seeing community spread, which means, by definition, that you don’t know what the index case is and the way you can approach it is by contact tracing. When you have enough of that, then it becomes a situation where you’re not gonna be able to effectively and efficiently contain it,” Dr. Fauci remarked.

He continued, “Whenever you look at the history of outbreaks, what you see now, in an uncontained way, and although we are containing it in some respects, we keep getting people coming in from the country that are travel related. We’ve seen that in many of the states that are now involved. And then, when you get community spread, it makes the challenge much greater. So, I can say we will see more cases and things will get worse than they are right now.”

In order for the U.S. to mitigate the issue, Fauci said, we will need to contain “the influx of people who are infected coming from the outside” and “within our own country.”