President Joe Biden’s top medical adviser warned that the US could record a record number of infections, hospitalizations and deaths as the Omicron strain spreads.
In an interview with CNN on December 19, Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and President Joe Biden’s chief medical adviser, was asked about the possibility of the US recording a record of new infections as well as hospitalizations and deaths from Covid-19 in the near future.
“Yes, unfortunately, I think that’s going to happen,” Fauci said.
“We’re going to see significant strain on the hospital system in some areas of the country, particularly in places where immunization rates are low. That’s one of the reasons we continue to press.” emphasizes the importance of vaccination for the unvaccinated,” added Fauci.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 70 percent of the population has received at least one shot of the vaccine, while another 50 million people who are eligible are still unvaccinated for protection.
“It’s never too late to get vaccinated, and if you’re already vaccinated, get a booster shot,” Dr Fauci said, adding that continuing to wear a mask and get tested regularly is also key. latch to avoid infection.
Fauci predicts that the coming weeks will be difficult for the US because the Omicron strain is on the verge of infecting the whole country.
“It’s going to be very difficult. We can’t avoid it. We can’t, because with the Omicron strain we’re facing, it’s going to be very difficult over the next few weeks to months as we go deep. than in winter,” warned Mr. Fauci.
New York State on December 18 announced a record number of daily Covid-19 cases for the second consecutive day with nearly 22,000 positive tests. The US is still the country most affected by the Covid-19 pandemic, with more than 800,000 deaths recorded.
“One thing is very clear is Omicron’s unusual ability to spread. This mutation is sweeping the world,” said Mr. Fauci.
The Omicron variant was reported in the US earlier this month, after being first detected in South Africa in November. Scientists are still trying to learn more about the strain, but the Health Organization The world (WHO) warns that the number of Omicron infections is increasing very quickly, so the hospital system in some places may be overwhelmed.
Research results from Imperial College London scientists show that Omicron poses a higher risk of re-infection with Covid-19 than Delta and previous strains of SARS-CoV-2. Preliminary data from South Africa also suggest that this strain is more contagious, but appears to cause milder symptoms than Delta.
WHO on December 18 said Omicron has spread to 89 countries around the world, and the number of cases of this mutation doubles every 1.5 days to 3 days in places where there is community transmission. According to the WHO, Omicron is spreading rapidly even in countries with high rates of immunity, but it is not clear whether this is evidence that Omicrons can evade immunity, or because of their high transmissibility, or by both.