Fauci states early reports encouraging for variants of Omicron


U.S. health officials said on Sunday that the Omicron variant of coronavirus is spreading rapidly across the country, while early signs may be less dangerous than Delta, which continues to cause a surge in hospitalizations. Said suggesting.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, President’s Chief Medical Advisor to President Joe Biden, said in CNN’s State of the Union address that scientists need more information before concluding on the severity of Omicron. Told.

Report from South Africa, Where it appeared And it’s becoming a dominant tension, suggesting that hospitalization rates haven’t increased surprisingly.

“So far, the severity doesn’t seem to be that high,” Fauci said. “But you really need to be careful before you decide that it’s not as serious as Delta, or that it doesn’t cause a serious illness.”

Mr. Forch said the Biden administration is considering lifting a travel ban on non-citizens entering the United States from several African countries. Imposed after the explosion of a variant of Omicron in the area, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has blown up measures such as “travel apartheid.”

“Hopefully, we could lift the ban within a fairly reasonable period of time,” Fauci said. “We are all very terrible about the difficulties posed to South Africa as well as other African countries.”

Omicron was detected in about one-third of US states by Sunday, including the Northeast, South, Great Plains, and West Coast. Wisconsin and Missouri were one of the latest states to identify cases.

However, delta remains the predominant mutation, accounting for more than 99% of cases and causing a surge in hospitalization in the north. A team of National Guard was dispatched to support the overwhelming hospitals in western New York, and Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker took non-urgent scheduled procedures for hospitals with limited patient capacity. I have issued an urgent order to reduce it.

US officials continued to urge people to be vaccinated and to receive booster shots. Not only do they take precautions, such as wearing masks indoors, among strangers, but what helps protect them from the Delta also helps protect them from other variants.

Dr. Maria Van Kerkhove, a World Health Organization epidemiologist, told CBS’s “Face the Nation” even if Omicron turned out to be less dangerous than Delta.

“Even if there are many mild cases, some of those individuals will need to be hospitalized,” she said. “They need to enter the ICU and some people will die …. I don’t want to see it happen in addition to the already difficult situation that Delta is in circulation worldwide. “

Two years after the outbreak, COVID-19 killed more than 780,000 Americans and killed about 860 people a day.

More than 6,600 new hospitalizations are reported daily, according to follow-up data from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

COVID-19 cases and deaths in the United States have fallen by about half from the August and September delta peaks, but there are over 86,000 new infections per day, especially on travel and rally vacations. Towards that number is still high. With my family.

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