Fauci: “Omicron rampage… It’s going to be a tough winter for months”


▲ Anthony Fauci, Director, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)

Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) in the United States, warned on the 19th local time that the U.S. will face a difficult winter as the new mutant Omicron, a new mutant of Corona 19, rages.

Director Fauci, an American infectious disease authority and White House chief medical adviser, appeared on NBC and CNN one after another and said this.

“One thing that’s very clear about Omicron is its amazing ability to spread and contagious, there’s no doubt about it,” he said.

“Omicron has also begun to spread in the United States, and in some regions, the proportion of Omicron patients among all corona infected is rising to 30-50%,” he said. .

“As winter deepens, it will be difficult weeks or months ahead,” he warned.

“The real problem is that so many people who are vaccinated in the United States haven’t been vaccinated yet,” Fauci said.

The Associated Press diagnosed Fauci’s view as “a sharp reversal from the optimism that Joe Biden has expressed since taking office.”

“The aspiration and desire to be free from the coronavirus after a certain amount of time is natural and justified, but one thing we have learned from nearly two years of experience is that this virus is truly unpredictable,” Fauci said.

President Biden will give a public address on the 21st in response to concerns over the surge in the winter coronavirus and the spread of Omicron.

Fauci said President Biden’s speech would explain the importance of vaccinating the virus and calling for booster shots, expanding testing for coronavirus and increasing the number of medical staff, and disseminating the vaccine around the world.

“We need to do better,” he said. “We have to make sure the health care system is flooded with coronavirus testing, and we have to make it available to anyone who wants it.”

He also urged people to wear a mask and avoid crowded places to slow the spread of Omicron in relation to travel during the holiday season from Christmas to New Years.

“There is no doubt about breakthrough infection among vaccinated people,” he said.

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